So Tasmania is in the news, which is where I am living (see here for links). The stories are about heat and bush fires. So far, nothing as dramatic as “Black Saturday” four years ago has happened, thank goodness, but conditions are very similar.
The post’s “featured image” above is of the electronic weather station monitor sitting in my kitchen, taken last Friday. The official Hobart record was set at 41.8 oC, we had a reading of 43.3 oC (33.5 was the inside temperature). I have no idea if this device is well calibrated or subject to some particular siting problem (I tried) or if it really was hotter in our location, but I can vouch for the fact that it was damn hot! We could see the very large smoke plumes of the fires east of Hobart that day, though had not had any news of exactly where it was burning at that time.
We had some renovations done to our place before moving in. The builder and his wife who managed the job live in Dunalley, very nice people. They, as well as their daughter who lived in a neighboring property, have lost everything.