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Fires Near Fraser Island, Australia

25.2S 153.1E

December 18th, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – December 17th, 2012

Smoke from fires in Queensland, Australia, blows east-southeastward, towards the Coral Sea. The fire closest to the coast, due south of Fraser Island, releases smoke that blows over the sea in ripple-like patterns.

Wildfires Still Blazing Along Queensland and New South Wales Coasts, Australia

27.4S 153.0E

October 2nd, 2009 Category: Fires

Australia - September 24th, 2009

Australia - September 24th, 2009

Fires northeast of Newcastle

Fires northeast of Newcastle

Fires northwest of Coffs Harbour

Fires northwest of Coffs Harbour

Fires from Rockhampton to Fraser Island

Fires from Rockhampton to Fraser Island

Fires continue to blaze along the coast of Queensland (click here for previous article) and New South Wales, Australia. These fires can be seen in the main image as they release smoke over the ocean.

The first two close-ups focus on plumes of smoke from blazes in New South Wales trailing out over the ocean. These fires appear to be in wooded areas further inland, northeast of Newcastle and northwest of Coffs Harbour (near the New South Wales-Queenland border).

The final close-up shows various fires along the coast of Queensland, from Rockhampton (left) to Fraser Island (right). The blazes are being fueled by high temperatures and strong winds.

Fires Near Coast of Queensland, Australia

23.3S 150.5E

September 26th, 2009 Category: Fires

Australia - September 24th, 2009

Australia - September 24th, 2009

Many fires near coast

Many fires near coast

Fires by Fraser Island

Fires by Fraser Island

While a fierce dust storm raged over the rest of eastern Australia, coastal areas in Queensland were affected by wildfires. The main image shows these fires near the shores, with smoke trailing out over the ocean.

The first close-up gives a more detailed look at the many fires close to the coast, near Rockhampton. The second focuses on a blaze further southeast, near Fraser Island. High temperatures coupled with strong winds have created favorable conditions for fire danger.

Tropical Cyclone 18P (Hamish) Batters Queensland Coast but Not Expected to Make Landfall

March 9th, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Cyclone 18P (Hamish) - March 9th, 2009 © CIMSS-Univ. of Wisconsin

Tropical Cyclone 18P (Hamish) - March 9th, 2009

TC 18P - March 8th, 2009 © JWTC

TC 18P - March 8th, 2009

Tropical Cyclone Hamish battered the coast of Australia’s northern state of Queensland, disrupting coal exports and prompting authorities to evacuate islands popular with tourists, Bloomberg reports.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for the state’s central coast today, saying strong winds are creating dangerous surf and “abnormally high tides.”

At 4:46 p.m. local time, the cyclone was 245 kilometers (152 miles) northeast of Bundaberg, moving southeast parallel to the coast at 17 kilometers an hour, the weather bureau said.

The Department of Emergency Services informed that several islands, including Fraser, Lady Elliot and Heron Islands, were evacuated yesterday as a precaution.

The state government put emergency personnel, including search and rescue teams, on standby and sent 6,000 sandbags, flood barrier equipment and tarpaulins to towns along the central coast, Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said in a statement yesterday.

Forecast track - March 9th, 2009 ©  CIMSS-Univ. of Wisconsin

Forecast track - March 9th, 2009

Over the past 6 hours, Hamish has tracked southeastward at 8 knots. At the time of the latest JTWC update, it was located approximately 320 nautical miles north of Brisbane, Australia.

The track is forecast to turn eastward as Hamish moves around the mid-level subtropical ridge east of the cyclone.

TC 18P has begun to show signs of weakening over the past 12 hours. The Category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour, is forecast to continue weakening and is not expected to make landfall.

Increased interaction with the mid-latitude flow will begin to weaken the system throughout the forecast period, but TC 18P will remain fairly intense through TAU 48.

Sea surface temperatures will decrease through the forecast, adversely affecting the low-level circulation center. Dvorak satellite estimates from PGTW and ABRF agree with a 102 knot system. Animated satellite imagery shows an enlarging eye with expanding upper level cloud cover. Maximum significant wave height at 21 feet.

Australian Islands Evacuated as Cyclone Hamish Lashes Coast

March 8th, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Cyclone Hamish 18P, Infrared and Water Vapour composite - March 8th 2009, 12:00 UTC

Tropical Cyclone Hamish 18P, Infrared and Water Vapour composite - March 8th 2009, 12:00 UTC

Australian authorities evacuated resort islands in Queensland state and put emergency services on alert as Tropical Cyclone Hamish lashed the northern coast with strong winds.

About 3,000 people, including hotel guests, residents and campers are being evacuated from Fraser Island, a World Heritage, listed site about 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of the state capital, Brisbane, the Department of Emergency Services said. Only essential workers have been allowed to stay at Lady Elliot and Heron resort islands.

Troops can be “deployed at short notice if required not only in the event of a major disaster but to assist with evacuations,” Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said at a televised news conference today.

The cyclone, with winds as high as 260 kilometers (162 miles) an hour, was heading south-southeast parallel to Queensland’s coast, threatening islands along the Great Barrier Reef, the Bureau of Meteorology said today. The state government warned people to be prepared to flee their homes at short notice.

Hamish was downgraded by the bureau to a Category 4 storm from Category 5 at 1 p.m. local time. Forecasters said the storm had earlier been as powerful as Cyclone Larry, which caused widespread destruction when it made landfall in Queensland in 2006, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

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