Victorian Bushfires destroys huge number of life, livestock & property.
Victorian Bushfires have gulped huge number of life, livestock & property.
Almost 15 million acres of land have burned.
ADF helps bury livestock, over 7000 animals & livestock dead in Victoria & NSW.
Melbourne has been hit with smoke haze this week, while fire-ravaged towns have suffered hazardous pollution for weeks. Canberra and Sydney have also seen weeks of dangerous air quality.
Victoria’s bushfires so far destroyed 204 homes along with 243 outbuildings like sheds.
So what has been driving these fires to such extremes?
Obviously, it’s the trio of hot, dry, and windy, but these conditions are occurring due to a combination of long-term trends and short-term weather patterns.
Last year was both the hottest and driest on record for Australia, extending a drought. Like the rest of the world, Australia’s temperatures are climbing to ever-higher records as the climate warms, which boosts evaporation and strengthens droughts in situations like this. Rainfall trends are less clear, but declines have been partly attributed to climate change for at least some regions.
On December 18, Australia saw the nation’s hottest day on record, hitting an average of nearly 42°C (over 107°F). That eclipsed the previous record, set just one day earlier.
Although Australia’s climate is closely linked to the El Niño Southern Oscillation in the Pacific Ocean, that particular seesaw has been in a neutral state. There is another, similar oscillation in the Indian Ocean, however, called the Indian Ocean Dipole, which has been in a strongly positive phase recently. That means that waters in the western Indian Ocean have been warmer than average, with cooler temperatures to the east. This has the effect of pushing rainy weather away from Australia.
And in the last few months, an unusual pattern in the Antarctic stratosphere has weakened the pole-circling winds. That has also helped produce clear skies in Australia as well as strong westerly winds blowing dry air seaward over Victoria and New South Wales-stoking the fires.
Thus serious measures should be taken by the Australian Goverment regarding the climate change and reducing emissions which would help in reducing such disaster.
Meanwhile let’s join hands & help the people effected & suffered losses due to this havoc bushfire.