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#14731 Misterioso



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Posted 15 January 2020 - 09:53

Gale force winds and a brief power cut.

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#14732 OlderAussie


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Posted Yesterday, 08:17

Sorry to hear of your wild weather, Misterioso.


An update from Oz:  various places have received rain which is very welcome, though the far east of Victoria and far south coast of NSW, which have a bad time with fires, have missed out so far.  However rain for those areas expected in next couple of days.  Further north NSW has done better including on fires west of Sydney.  Even far north-west NSW and poor old Queensland are having various bands of rain passing through.  Best falls many drought-stricken places have seen for a long time, though not enough to break the drought. 


Now there are worries about ash and debris from fires washing into dams affecting drinking water supplies and authorities in Sydney are putting up barriers to contain the problem. Water treatment plants will have to work harder.  Also ash washing into rivers can lead to oxygen deprivation and has resulted in at least one big fish kill.


Anyway, just here we've had a little rain but need much more.  A storm or two has dampened the otherwise active little fire closest to us (it's only about 2,000 hectares) so on our last update today it hadn't spread closer to us in the last couple of days.  Four helicopters plus ground crews are working on it and more reinforcements will be sent from Saturday.


This evening the wind really whipped up and didn't seem to know where it's coming from but is quieter again now.  Smoke haze has been hanging around but better just now - we've opened the doors!    We are getting used to the smoke smell so don't notice it so much.  We'll wonder what the funny smell is when we get really clean air again!

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#14733 fsharpminor



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Posted Yesterday, 11:21

Raining on and off this morning,  Cold and unpleasant out  -  5.9 deg C at present.   Pressure rising though  1007mB

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