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Tropical Cyclone Victoria (22S) Off Coast of Australia

13.9S 110.3E

April 10th, 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, located approximately 670 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, has tracked southward at 06 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 30 feet.

A 12-hour infrared satellite loop shows the system has significantly deepened as convective bands wrapped tighter into a well-defined low level circulation center. The initial intensity of 80 knots is averaged from subjective Dvorak estimates. Upper level analysis indicates the system is now just south of a ridge axis in an area of light to moderate (10-20 knot) vertical wind shear (VWS) and strong poleward outflow which have been primarily responsible for the significant intensification.

Smoke from Fires in Victoria, Australia – March 27th, 2013

38.2S 146.9E

March 27th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – March 26th, 2013

Multiple blazes fill southeastern Australia’s state of Victoria with plumes of smoke. A total fire ban has been declared across most of the state, with hot northerly winds expected to create uncomfortable conditions also in Melbourne. The bans are for the South West, Wimmera, Mallee, Northern Country, North Central, and Central. No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air for 24 hours.

Fire in Southwestern Victoria, Australia – January 24th, 2013

38.1S 140.9E

January 24th, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – January 17th, 2013

Firefighters in Victoria, Australia, are on alert again as the state braces for another day and night of very high fire danger. Forecast hot and windy conditions will mostly likely intensify currently burning fires. Here, smoke from a fire in southwestern Victoria, in or near Cobboboonee National Park, fans out as it blows southeast over Portland Bay and the Bass Strait.

Large Fire in Victoria, Australia, Could Intensify

36.8S 147.0E

January 23rd, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – January 21st, 2013

A bushfire that destroyed homes and bushland could again threaten a number of communities in Victoria’s east on Thursday as firefighters brace for scorching temperatures. Temperatures are predicted to reach 37C in Melbourne and between 35 and 37C in bushfire-affected areas in Victoria’s east on Thursday, with northerly winds adding to the difficult conditions.

Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley says firefighters are strengthening containment lines around the massive Gippsland fire burning about 200km east of Melbourne. The fire is travelling in a south-easterly direction and may impact the towns of Davenport Village, Falls Creek, Hotham Heights, Harrietville and Smoko within the next 24 hours. Here, despite popcorn clouds over the region, a wide plume of smoke from the blaze can be seen blowing southeast, over the coast.

Searing Heat and Bush Fires Continue to Affect Australia – January 16th, 2013

35.2S 147.6E

January 16th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – January 11th, 2013

Since early January, bush fires have been raging across some of the most populous parts of Australia, feeding off widespread drought conditions and high winds during the country’s hottest spring and summer on record. On Monday, Australia’s hottest day on record, the national average was 104.59 degrees Fahrenheit (over 40 degrees Celsius). Four months of record-breaking temperatures stretching back to September 2012 have produced what the government says are “catastrophic” fire conditions along the eastern and southeastern coasts of the country, where the majority of Australians live.

Firefighters struggled to contain huge bushfires in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, which have scorched around 500 square miles of forest and farmland since Tuesday. Fires on the island state of Tasmania off the country’s southern coast have destroyed more than 300 square miles since Friday. No confirmed deaths have been reported in connection with the fires, but about 100 people have been unaccounted for since a fire destroyed around 90 homes in Dunalley, Tasmania, last week. State agricultural officials say that tens of thousands of cattle and sheep are believed to have been killed in the fires, which have torn through some of the country’s most productive agricultural and farming regions.