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The bushfires in Australia are so big they’re generating their own weather — ‘pyrocumulonimbus’ thunderstorms that can start more fires

The bushfires in Australia are so big they’re generating their own weather — ‘pyrocumulonimbus’ thunderstorms that can start more fires

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  1. What’s even crazier is that there’s a rise in incidents of water theft

    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/australia-new-south-wales-fire-drought-drinking-water-theft-12179032

    Australia is really bringing art to life, too bad they chose to do it with Mad Max.

  2. A volunteer fire fighter was also killed yesterday when a fire tornado (yes, really) flipped an 8-tonne truck upside down like a coin.

    These fires are insane.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-31/rfs-volunteer-firefighter-dies-in-truck-rollover/11833634

  3. seen this happen with DFES backburning its amazing, the moisture generated from the fire fighting appliances and heat from the fire causes massive clouds, lot of ash can cause lightning. The winds change and start feeding the fires to make them bigger and its just a mess.

  4. Thats just Australia doing Australia things.. Nothing to worry about mate.. Climate change doesnt exist afterall- right? NO!

  5. This happened in 2009 during Black Saturday too

  6. This is both cool and concerning. I get to learn about some neat weather science and feel increasing anxiety about the planet. Just great.

  7. Is this something that has been observed before, or are things just getting that fucked?

  8. But how good is the cricket…

  9. Jesus H Christ. More. Fires. Pretty soon there won’t be anything left to burn!

  10. This is both the most mesmerizing and horrifying positive feedback cycle of nature that I know…Damn nature you scary!

  11. This sounds like a linked skill gem skill you’d find in POE

  12. I’ve experienced 3 of them this year… the one today was when I noped the fuck out and had my husband take me to the evacuation centre. I’m back home now, it wasn’t required for me to be evacuated but I can’t handle this shit. It’s scary.

  13. Sydney fireworks going ahead all the same, nothing to see here.

  14. True will have a hell of time flying that to the magic wishing tree.

  15. _Fire tornadoes_ are a thing– the allied bombing of Dresden in WW II

  16. Shame I never got to visit Australia before it was gone.

  17. Volcanoes do this.
    It’s very natural, despite the heat wave itself being influenced substantially by climate change.

  18. Would this be what you call a feedback loop?

  19. I, for one, welcome our new fiery overlords.

  20. Australia is now a self-perpetuating hell engine.

  21. The weather has become self aware.

  22. Any Australians here that can comment on their current quality of life?

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