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Sat Jan 4, 2020, 07:23 AM

Sydney Suburb Of Penrith Hottest Place On Earth At 120F; Winds At 80 MPH, Fires Generating Lightning

Bushfires raging across Australia are generating so much heat they are creating their own storms, with authorities warning wind conditions are causing some of the biggest fires to merge. Fire tornadoes and dry lightning have sparked even more blazes, as temperatures soared to new highs today - 48.9C (120F) in Penrith, 45C (113F) in Sydney and 44C (111F) in Canberra.

Penrith, a suburb of Sydney, was the hottest place on Earth on Saturday, the Met Office confirmed to Sky News. It was the hottest day ever recorded in greater Sydney.




The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has updated emergency warnings, telling those who have not evacuated at-risk areas: "It is too late to leave. Seek shelter as the fire approaches." Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: "In recent times, particularly over the course of the balance of this week, we have seen this disaster escalate to an entirely new level."

Victoria had 14 fires rated at emergency or evacuate warning levels on Saturday evening, while New South Wales had 11 rated emergency and more than 150 others burning across both states. NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said: "There are a number of fires that are coming together - very strong, very large, intense fires that are creating some of these fire-generated thunderstorms.




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https://news.sky.com/story/australia-bushfires-death-toll-rises-as-3-000-army-reservists-are-deployed-11900782

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Reply Sydney Suburb Of Penrith Hottest Place On Earth At 120F; Winds At 80 MPH, Fires Generating Lightning (Original post)
hatrack Jan 4 OP
MFM008 Jan 4 #1
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 4 #2
Arkansas Granny Jan 4 #3
hatrack Jan 4 #5
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 4 #17
brer cat Jan 4 #7
Martin Eden Jan 4 #13
KY_EnviroGuy Jan 4 #4
grantcart Jan 4 #6
defacto7 Jan 4 #8
Blue_playwright Jan 4 #9
bucolic_frolic Jan 4 #12
defacto7 Jan 4 #14
Farmer-Rick Jan 4 #10
LittleGirl Jan 4 #11
Pluvious Jan 4 #15
LittleGirl Jan 4 #16

Response to hatrack (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 07:50 AM

1. And yet

They keep voting for conservative climate deniers.
Im just sorry children and animals must suffer.

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Response to MFM008 (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 07:56 AM

2. Over a billion animals incinerated. 😭😭😭

💔💔💔

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 08:17 AM

3. And their habitat destroyed, as well.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 08:43 AM

5. Yes, countless animals that escaped will now starve to death . . .

Food in incinerated moonscapes tends to be . . . scarce.

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Response to hatrack (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 01:36 PM

17. 😭😪💔

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 09:34 AM

7. That picture of the kangaroo in front of the blaze

is heartbreaking.

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Response to MFM008 (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 10:19 AM

13. Do people in a democracy really deserve the government they have?

Certainly not the children, nor those who voted against the perpetrators of environmental holocaust.

Animals don't get to vote, and are devalued.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 08:29 AM

4. One very serious potential danger is loss of power for AC in this heat.

Although there have been some power outages due to fire-damaged lines and substations, it's been a fairly minor issue so far.

For some local perspectives, see: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-04/nsw-bushfires-rfs-issues-emergency-warnings-amid-dire-weather/11840524
(Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

After all this is over, I can't imagine the massive amount of respiratory problems Australia's medical system will be dealing with. There's also the matters of housing the thousands of homeless and then comes flooding, mud flows and polluted streams from burn areas when rain finally comes.

Our thoughts and wishes for safety go out to all of Australia today........

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 09:25 AM

6. Kick

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 09:48 AM

8. Some areas too late to evacuate. Seek shelter.

Where the hell do they seek shelter? Damn.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 10:08 AM

9. I know!

I know! Exactly what I thought too. Where the fuck do you hide from a fire? Here in Kansas a basement and keep you safe from a tornado, but I donít think it will help you hide from a fire tornado. Holy crap on a cracker!

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 10:18 AM

12. Shelter in place

basement, and flood the area above?

Dig a hole in the ground and cover with .... wet plywood, steel roofing, insulating material? Cover with dirt?

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 10:27 AM

14. The second one sounds a lot like

how you roast a pig in Polynesia. That's meant to be ironic not funny.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 10:11 AM

10. The hottest place on earth...the hottest temps recorded

Oh yeah this is because some wacko threw a cigarette into the brush.

What is the Australian Prime Minister doing about it? Is he still vacationing or fiddling?

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 10:17 AM

11. Heartbreaking

I lived in AZ for years and I am very familiar with those extreme temperatures. Add a firenado? Those poor people.

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Response to LittleGirl (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 10:31 AM

15. And the smoke !! What a nightmare.

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Response to Pluvious (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 01:35 PM

16. The Smoke! ugh, so bad. Nt

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