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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Prayers for our Australian friends

Prayers said for our friends in Australia! See article below. I will NOT complain about our ice and snow!

See that deep purple in the middle of this acne-red weather report from Down Under? That right there represents 129.2° F or 54 °C — it's a brand-new shade that the Australian bureau of meteorology was forced to add to its heat index because their country is, you know, kind of on fire.
"The scale has just been increased today and I would anticipate it is because the forecast coming from the bureau's model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees," David Jones, head of the bureau's climate monitoring and prediction unit, told The Sydney Morning Herald, which notes that the previous record high was 50.7°C (123°F), recorded in 1960 at Oodnadatta Airport in the southern part of Australia — right around where the new shades of hot are showing up today.
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To give you an idea of just how uncomfortable this Australian heatwave really is, consider that at just past midnight, it's 95°F in Sydney. Doubly scary are the giant fire risks that come with the heat — risks so severe Australian officials are taking no chances and labeling the warning "catastrophic." "A 'catastrophic' warning carries the risk of significant loss of life and the destruction of many homes.

5 comments:

  1. How devastating for those in Australia, I'll be sending my prayers.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  2. It's such a horrible time for those who are suffering through a heat wave. I just can't imagine how to deal with that kind of weather, and we get really hot here.

    Poor people, I certainly hope it breaks soon.

    Jen

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  3. How awful. I cannot imagine. I always think of Australia as being hot since reading The Thornbirds many years ago- xo Diana

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  4. Thank you. In my part of Oz it is cooler today (and fortunately we didn't get close to 50), but the heat is expected to climb again from Friday. We had fires in the next suburb, but were lucky yesterday. And my heart has gone out to the people and the wild-life in other parts of the country.
    Scary, scary times.

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  5. Hi Teresa, hope this finds you well. We had fires close to our home last week but thankfully they got under control. It is a very hot and warm summer here so we are being careful. xxx

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