Summer here temperatures have been stifling, last week we had the hottest december night on record, christmas miracle, it SNOWED on the Alps. Rain also swept the state as well, so firefighters could go home and spend time with there families on christmas day.
Just over 900,000 Hectares have been burnt, 1 death and over 35 homes lost in the last 3 weeks, melbourne has been blanketed by smoke for most of that time then a real miracle for christmas with a white christmas in the Alps.
That was great!!
|Such great news! Now I pray that the weather stays calmed down so that things can go back to being relatively normal.|
|Wow - I'm glad the firefighters were able to spend Christmas with loved ones. So much has burned - hopefully it will calm down and disappear.|
|Defnitely good news... I hope Australia's better luck continues!|
|That's great news Lisa.|
|I realize I have always had this sunny summer view of Australia. I had no idea that the weather was so dramatic and dangerous. I'm glad there has been some respite for the fire fighters. I hope no more people are injured or property damaged.|
|While we might be able to pin this partially on the particles in the air from the smoke and a deep low pressure system w/ moisture........I'll stick with miracle. I hope this knock down will allow the fire fighters a chance to put these fires to rest.|
|I'll stick with Miracle too Snow in summer has never been heard of here.
Val top half of Australia is always tropical, 6 months of hot dry heat and 6 months of Humidity.
Down in the southern states we have four seasons.
I am just so happy that our place did not go up, it is a wood cabin, last Sunday we went up just to clear the ash from the gutters and sweep up what we could, we did not stay long as the smoke was unbearable. We spoke to our neighbour and we found out how lucky we were. Because of the heavy smoke, not much oxygen to flare up the embers falling everywhere. It came to the edge of our property and did not jump the old 4 wheel drive track that borders our place in the National Park, they had bulldozed that area and made a huge fire break.
It's been a terrible time, this place is so special to me as when my father passed, he left in his will funds for me, so the reason I bought this place was my dad always wanted a place in the bush, and my lovely sheepie who passed last year is buried up there, so that was distressing too.
It is also our nestegg for the future and hopefully when we are older we can retire up there in a wonderful enviroment. We have a sanctuary there of natural bush and lot's of native animals on the place, I can see me rocking on the verandah and watching the wilderness beauty in my old age.
Sheepie paradise too with lots of fur babies romping around.
|Phew! The snow was certainly a blessing. It it fortunate that more didn't lose their lives. Glad you are safe!|
|Definitely a Christmas miracle. I'm so glad you and your family and your home stayed safe, Lisa.|
On the Norwegian television we always can see how you are celebrating Christmas at the beach in Australia, so it is strange to hear you talk about snow....
|Lisa - I'm very, very glad to know that the fires have subsided. That is indeed a Christmas miracle. Snow!|
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