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Old 10-24-2012, 05:40 PM   #346
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Firewilly?
It's definitely not firewilly.

I had firewilly once. Doc gave me a cream for it.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:10 PM   #347
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Minus the fire, we call them "Dust Devils". With the fire, I think we call them, "Oh-Shit!!!!!".
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:38 PM   #348
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It's definitely not firewilly.

I had firewilly once. Doc gave me a cream for it.
Yeah, but you probably didn't need four refills.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:02 PM   #349
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Oh to be in Venice...


ABC News
11/12/12

Venice Floods
Venice Floods as Torrential Rain Hits the City

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Old 11-13-2012, 06:50 AM   #350
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Snow this morning 1"+.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:08 AM   #351
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cold but gonna be sunny so put on a happy face.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:31 PM   #352
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We're moving well into spring now, so in the Outback (Thargomindah, Qld in particular) the forecast is for hot dry weather, smoke haze, strong winds, with a chance of fire elementals in the 4 to 6 hit dice range.

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Okay technically that's a piddly little tornado (note the outdoor toilet or "dunny" on the right for scale) which is sucking up a pre-existing bushfire. I've seen things like this in bushfire footage fairly often. Without the fire we'd call it a willy-willy. With the fire, I don't know if it has a common name. Fire tornado? Firenado? Firespout? Fire devil? Firewilly?
Apparently, a local expert, Rick McCrae distinguishes this apparition as a fire whirl, attached to the ground, and not a fire tornado, which would be attached to the underside of a thundercloud.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:07 PM   #353
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I just came here to post the ABC's story on that.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-1...ornado/4380252

I was in Canberra when that fire happened. I was living in a student residence on campus. I stepped out of my room to go shopping late morning, and noticed half the sky was BLACK from smoke, which was drifting kinda in our direction.

It occurred to me that (a) I was the chief fire warden of the college, (b) although we had a plan for a fire in the building, we didn't have a bushfire plan, (c) between the fire and our location was a big mountain covered in bush that hadn't been burned for twenty years, and there are more trees on campus than students. Uuh-ohh.

Luckily, I grew up pretty bushfire-savvy, so I spent the next three hours puling a bushfire plan out of my ear, got all the 36 hoses set up to cover the whole building, planned command structure, recruited volunteer firecrew from the residents, and everything. Later, the uni fire safety officer approved all this and it became the college's bushfire plan.

Even luckier, the fire stayed to the south west and didn't get within 10 km of us, but we were getting burned leaves drifting out of the sky. They had cooled enough to not start any spot fires, but it was an uncomfortable evening.

Our office manager's house was under direct attack. They lost the garden but saved the building. She never came back to work, that I knew of.

Nature can be a real mo-fo sometimes.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:11 PM   #354
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:43 PM   #355
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Well look as this .Deep in Dixie.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:01 AM   #356
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Well look as this .Deep in Dixie.
Cold times there are not forgotten.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:08 AM   #357
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effing snow here. And no sons to dig me out.


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Old 12-30-2012, 08:42 AM   #358
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Plenty of snow here, too, coming down hard enough to make the woods look like a Robert Frost poem. Which winter storm are we on, again? Seems to me like it's been one continuous blow.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:09 AM   #359
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Excellent X-Country skiing here. I had to fix a mechanical on the tractor's snowblower yesterday and I have no replacement shear bolt...
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:11 PM   #360
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Just use a regular bolt.

And cross your fingers that you don't hit anything solid.
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