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Bush Fires Destroy Dozens of Houses in Australia’s South East

38S 147.4E

February 10th, 2014 Category: Fires VIIRS/MODISSuomi-NPP/Aqua

Australia – February 10th, 2014

Fires – Day/Night Images

Thousands of firefighters in Australia are battling wildfires across the country’s south-east which have destroyed dozens of homes and set a coal mine alight.

The worst of the fires spread in swirling winds across the state of Victoria, which faced its worst threat since the Black Saturday fires in February 2009 which killed 173 people.

The fires, which include a blaze with a front more than 24 miles long, have spread across the state and reached the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city.

Thousands of people were evacuated across the state, more than 30,000 residents spent the night without power and some rural train services were suspended. No lives have been reported lost but further losses of homes are expected.

In Kilmore, a town about 35 miles north of Melbourne, residents said the damage was “horrendous”.
Firefighters from interstate and from New Zealand joined the battle, as authorities deployed more than 200 tankers and 21 aircraft. Police are investigating nine cases of arson, which may have contributed to the 150-odd fires that have broken out in recent days.

Milder conditions have assisted fire crews but about 48 blazes in Victoria remain out of control. A fire has broken out in an open-cut coal mine in the Latrobe Valley, east of Melbourne, which is likely to take several days to control.

Source “The Telegraph”

Wildfires in Victoria, Australia

37.8S 144.9E

May 9th, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – May 9th, 2013

Red markers indicate the locations of wildfires near the coast of Victoria, Australia, southwest of Port Phillip Bay, near Melbourne. One fire exudes a plume of smoke that blows due southeast, over the Bass Strait. The fires appear to be located in mountainous, wooded regions, and thus are likely wildfires burning through woodland rather than agricultural in nature.

Tropical Cyclone Victoria (22S) Expected to Dissipate

16.8S 112.5E

April 12th, 2013 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Storm Twenty One (21S) – April 11th, 2013

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Track of Tropical Storm Twenty Two (22s) - April 11th, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 22s

Tropical Cyclone Victoria (22S) will continue tracking poleward throughout the forecast period along the western periphery of the deep-layered subtropical ridge (STR) to the east and ahead of an approaching mid-latitude trough.

Upper level analysis indicates TC 22S is located to the south of the STR axis, with moderate to strong levels (20 to 30 knots) of vertical wind shear (VWS) building in advance of the aforementioned trough. Over the next 48 hours, increasing VWS and decreasing sea surface temperatures will lead to the dissipation of the system to below warning threshold. Model guidance is in good agreement with the forecast track through TAU 48, and leads to high confidence in the forecast track. Maximum significant wave height is 25 feet.

Tropical Cyclone Victoria (22S) Tracking Southward at 6 Knots

17.9S 112.5E

April 11th, 2013 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Twenty One (21S) – April 10th, 2013

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Track of Tropical Storm Twenty Two (22s) - April 10th, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 22s

Tropical Cyclone Victoria (22S) located approximately 625 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, has tracked southward at 06 knots over the past six hours.

Animated enhanced infrared satellite imagery shows deep convection over the low level circulation center (LLCC) has been steadily becoming less organized as the increasingly unfavorable upper level environment has started to shear the convection to the southeast away from the LLCC.

Tropical Cyclone Victoria (22S) Tracking Southward

13.4S 112.5E

April 11th, 2013 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Storm Twenty One (21S) – April 9th, 2013

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Track of Tropical Storm Twenty Two (22s) - April 10th, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 22s

Tropical Cyclone Victoria (22S) will continue tracking poleward throughout the forecast period along the western periphery of the deep-layered subtropical ridge to the east and ahead of an approaching mid-latitude trough.

The favorable upper-level conditions will now begin to deteriorate as vertical wind shear significantly increases ahead of the trough. Additionally, passage over cooler water south of 20 degrees south will contribute to the erosion of the system, leading to its eventual dissipation by TAU 72. Numerical model guidance is in good agreement through TAU 48 and diverges thereafter due to different depictions of the dissipation.

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