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I come originally from a little island at the bottom of Australia.  At the moment there are bushfires raging there ... huge, very frightening fires which happen so dramatically sometimes there is no escape.  Tasmania has had it's hottest day on record (42 C, or 108F) combined with extreme and unprecedented winds. ( In the southern (therefore coolish) state of Victoria tomorrow inland temperatures are predicted to reach 47C (117F).)


A good friend of my brother's took her cat, rowed out in her boat and watched her house go up in flames.Up to 100 people are still unaccounted for in Tasmania.. And heaven knows how many animals have perished or suffered horribly.


It breaks my heart, but I cannot help but feel that this is not going to end unless we start to make big changes.  Our weather is freakish to say the least, and has been scientifically placed in the lap of our carbon emissions.


Sorry if this is sad and 'preachy' but I do so feel for the suffering ...


People taking refuge on a boat ramp with their animals.



A fire coming towards a settlement


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I completely agree with you, we have had freaky floods on and off since about September!! The news has said we have had the wettest year since records began! We need to start helping out the environment because mother nature is certainly kicking our butts at the moment!


Ive seen the fires on the news here its heart breaking to see the loses everyone there are facing

post #3 of 13

Maybe.  But there are other possible explanations, and it would be unwise to overlook them, too.


That said, conservation is almost always a good thing.  Here in the U.S., the concept of "make it do, wear it out, use it up," is just completely lost. 


The weather is still not outside the norms of variation.  People describe a period as "the hottest on record," but accurate records don't go back very far, really.  It remains true, still, that 1934 is the hottest year on record in the U.S.  Even NASA a couple of years ago admitted that they had made recording errors, and when they corrected them, that turned out to be the case.


But another few years like 1930-1935 would be disastrous for the world, because the area affected (central US) feeds a significant portion of the world.


And a drought like 1950-1958 here in Texas would be a disaster, too.

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There are way too many people on this planet, polluting the environment and using far too much resources. I've always thought HIV, Ebola, etc., were a direct result of overpopulation, and it seems that natural disasters are another way nature is fighting back.
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The extreme weather and fires are now in Victoria and NSW... There is no end in site, as rain is needed to alter the weather patterns (not just to help put our fires) and there's none in sight.

The Weather Bureau has had to take the unprecedented step of altering all charts and maps to allow for temperatures of over 50C (122F)!

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The weather has really been crazy all over: Heat, Flood or Icy Cold, Extreme Weather Rages Worldwide
Britons may remember 2012 as the year the weather spun off its rails in a chaotic concoction of drought, deluge and flooding, but the unpredictability of it all turns out to have been all too predictable: Around the world, extreme has become the new commonplace. Especially lately. China is enduring its coldest winter in nearly 30 years. Brazil is in the grip of a dreadful heat spell. Eastern Russia is so freezing — minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and counting — that the traffic lights recently stopped working in the city of Yakutsk.

Bush fires are raging across Australia, fueled by a record-shattering heat wave. Pakistan was inundated by unexpected flooding in September. A vicious storm bringing rain, snow and floods just struck the Middle East. And in the United States, scientists confirmed this week what people could have figured out simply by going outside: last year was the hottest since records began.
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I was in New Orleans yesterday.  You would not believe the rain they had.  I was out in it for four hours, loading up the merchandise and fixtures from a store being closed (temporary Christmas store) and taking it to a couple other stores in the area.  Lots of flooding in the area.

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Poor old New Orleans.. they really don't need that.

I've been spending time Google-earthing the States... I'd never really paid much attention to the geography of the east and south coasts , with so many spits, etc.  But when Sandy was approaching I was beginning to understand just how vulnerable it is  (and beautiful).

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Originally Posted by Mani View Post

Poor old New Orleans.. they really don't need that.

I've been spending time Google-earthing the States... I'd never really paid much attention to the geography of the east and south coasts , with so many spits, etc.  But when Sandy was approaching I was beginning to understand just how vulnerable it is  (and beautiful).


Well, most of the problems that I saw were west of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  I saw a number of vehicles in yards that were under water, and a couple of truck stops' parking lots were full up to the axles of the trucks, a very bad deal for the trucks, let me tell you.


The pumps in New Orleans seemed to be doing just fine.  I went right by the French quarter in the evening, and I didn't see any problems.


Some historians say that had the west coast of the US been discovered first, colonization would have been much slower, due to the shortage of bays, etc., on that coast.  Compare the east coast to the west coast, and you'll see what they mean.

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I dont think anywhere that normally has rain a lot needs it, we have snow now, but the ground is that saturated with water its the last thing we needed, but there will no doubt be hose pipe bans in the summer 


The weather is definately crazy this few months

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Yes, we have fires up the East Coast.. not in my State yet, but everyone is prepared.  But no rain at all. Zilch.  And this is the wet season.

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We now have an ex-cyclone causing major flooding all down the coast of Queensland and into NSW.

The very weird thing is that yesterday there were seven mini-typhoons hitting the coast of Queensland with more predicted.  We do have occaisional typhoons, but so few that Australians think we don't get them.  Seven in a couple of hours is unprecedented.

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