Post by donkeychomp on Dec 31, 2019 23:05:59 GMT 1
Just wanted to say my thoughts are with everyone living there. Right now it must seem like a surreal nightmare. Every day here it's on the news and I can't begin to imagine what it must be like. Hoping the weather breaks and very soon.
It does look like a nightmare over their. Just hope our cousins are going to be ok. No sign of any help from here going there?? After all...when we have been in dire situations.. twice in the last century... down under gave their unequivocal support to our situation. Sadly this isn't oft remembered...
Thanks guys, its been a surreal few months for us and it shows no signs of abating yet, The problem is that its summer and we dont get much rain (one of the attractions of the place) so weve got quite a new more months of this ahead of us. I think by now pretty much everyone has been touched by the devastation in some way. Its hard to believe if you came here now for a holiday that we normally have cloudless blue skies and clean air.
It's a terrible situation. The speed that these fires can travel at is frightening, and they change direction in a second, often catching you out. Uk Fire Services will have offered support, there is no doubt about that - we always step up for disaster situations, anywhere in the world. I see on the news this morning the Australian military are being called in to assist, but lack of water in rural locations is the biggest problem
The fires are that big they are creating their own weather systems, forecast cooler conditions just didn't make it to the fire front
Thunderstorms created by the fires are then sparking more
There is video from the inside of a fire truck not being able to outrun the fire, it would have been frightening for those inside, its aluminium foot steps melted as did the brake lines and how they got out I don't know
It's truly horrific for those on the eastern seaboard, we've had a couple of fires here in the west but nothing compares to those in South Australia, Victoria, QLD & NSW
Its like Ash Wednesday (SA) and Black Friday (VIC) all over again
In the East the temps have died down a bit (high 20s to mid 30s, nothing over 40 this week), but the sky is still grey and not the usual cloudless blue we expect. When it does rain (or tries to) we get dust and soot everywhere (like the old Sahara rain we used to get in the UK). Ive never known Sydney to be so dusty, and its pretty dusty normally compared to the UK but wow its mad here now. Cars look like theyve been in the sea theyve so much dirt on them.
For us on this side of the coast weve storms with lightning scheduled the next 4 days. Lightning starts fires so not ideal, but the real bad news is for the fire fighters as the rain isnt usually enough to stop or out fires out, it just makes it harder for them to get to them through the mud it creates.
This is a screen shot from the fires near me website Ive just taken. This is NSW only of course but shows that weve still got the odd one kicking about lol.
When I first moved here these huge hail storms were rare and I never saw one. In fact I had a car totally trashed in Bavaria when visiting UK/EU in 2009 by brick and fist sized hail and was amazed by the scene. But its all a bit common here now. I rush off to get my car into a multi storey carpark now at the meerest mention of hail and the storms come thick and fast here now, sigh. The noise and the horror is quite unlike anything youve ever seen.
I should add that while Sydney gets a lot of the press when we have hail and fires, Australia is a huge country and often somewhere else there is something opposite but equally horrible happening like all large land masses. It does seem like this year us city dwellers have been troubled by the weather that the farmers and bush dwellers suffer with annually but just get on with in true Aussie spirit. Of course the international news is all over it when its the big cities that suffer as they know thats where our tourists come to. Anyway, dont let our weather or our bizarre TV advert put you off, its pretty nice down here really lol.
Monday is a national holiday here, its Australia Day. Of course there is movement against celebrating that as the indigenous people see it as Invasion Day. sigh... you'd think after the weather this year we might all get along for once. we'll see... Anyway, if youve never been here on Aussie Day its a great festive day and most people spend it with family and friends. The harbour in Sydney has ferry races and its a carnival atmosphere. A good day out, more like the olden days where people had fun and less to whinge about.
Monday is a national holiday here, its Australia Day. Of course there is movement against celebrating that as the indigenous people see it as Invasion Day. sigh... you'd think after the weather this year we might all get along for once.
Couldn't have said it better myself
My brother in law is Indigenous and proud of it, and I'm proud to say I have 2 Indigenous nieces, the difference is he doesn't have a chip on his shoulder, his brother and sisters too, his parents were lovely people too not interested in the Aboriginal Industry, that is so much a part of the issue, and what payments they can get out of government
His family have never had a hand out in their life, they refuse to, and that's how it should be