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28 January 2013 @ 09:49 pm
State of the Nation  
Tasmania: Fires mostly under control, no longer super stinky hot.

Western Australia and Northern Territory: Still stinky hot for the most part.

Victoria: On fire, less stinky.

South Australia: Mostly fine.

Queensland: Under water.

New South Wales: Really quite wet, but for the most part it's falling from the sky rather than sheeting across the ground, so nowhere near as dire as Queensland.

And this video will probably be shown in snippets on TV news near you around the world, but watch this mostly original version for the beauty of the dialogue as a car looms out from a sea of foam blown onto a stretch of roadway and narrowly avoids two police. I strongly suspect the bleeped out bit may have come from the larger copper.

ETA: Charlotte mentioned the Sydney weather radar in her comment. This is the 128km radar shot from this evening. My house is about a half-inch down from the middle and a little to the left.

Screen shot 2013-01-28 at 10.40.24 PM
Current Mood: wet
(Anonymous) on January 28th, 2013 11:27 am (UTC)
I cracked up laughing when I first saw the video - bloody lucky the driver had the headlights on.

For the past several hours I've been mesmerised by the Sydney radar on bom.gov.au - for goodness sake woman stay inside lest you drown standing up.

Actually, I can't remember when it last rained down here, hence the fires. Last week in the city you could smell the eucalypt smoke from 65,000 hectares of burnt or burning Gippsland. Most unsettling.

Stay safe (and dry),
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 28th, 2013 11:29 am (UTC)
I've spent all day telling the storm to go south: it's NEEDED in Victoria! While relentless, there have been lighter falls during the day, so I was able to go out on a grocery run and the guy who owns the local saki bar was able to take his dog out – happiest looking dog I have seen!

I hope the fires stop soon, and that it stays cool for you!

ecosopherecosopher on January 28th, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
Haha, that video is classic. Poor cops! I would have given the driver an earful, too!

We're not burning, but geez, I could use a day or two of rain. Just for sanity's (and the garden's) sake.
Fanartist in training: yay!kath_ballantyne on January 28th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
We spent the day basically swimming around Taronga Zoo. Totally drenched, totally buggered. Hopefully I wont pay for it for too long. At least it wasn't 40c.
Was struggling to handle an umbrella, a walking stick and a digital SLR. Had a poncho on and the umbrella and still had to wring out all my clothes before putting them in the washing machine.
>_< Some of the paths were rivers. My new shoes did very well at staying dry until it came in over the ankles.

Would have preferred it if all the food places hadn't decided that they were going to close massively early because it was raining! I did research to make sure we could eat there and everything.

boodiedharawal on January 29th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
it is now stupidly cold in Tasmania, 11dgs at the moment.
i was warmer during winter!!!!

snottygrrl on January 29th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC)
happy bday, hon! i've just been celebrating the 200th anniversary of p&p by watching bride & prejudice and then realized it's already the 29th in your part of the world.

::throws streamers::
Ann: stewie!dracotsosh on January 29th, 2013 09:46 am (UTC)
I hope Mother Nature calms down and gift you with the perfect weather, and that you celebrate with lots of presents, cakes and cats. Mazal Tov!
themadpokerthemadpoker on January 29th, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! Will cross my fingers for weather improvements on your bit of the world. :)
prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on February 11th, 2013 12:00 pm (UTC)
Tasmania is on fire again! But not as hot as it was in January.