Stunning photos of pyrocumulus over fires in Australia – They were taken on a flight from Canberra to Melbourne

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They were taken on a flight from Canberra to Melbourne

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Photo of smoke from bushfires by Merrin Macleod on a flight from Canberra to Melbourne, posted January 4, 2020.

While on a flight from Canberra to Melbourne Merrin Macleod had an excellent view of pyrocumulus clouds over very active bushfires. She said on Twitter, “The country looks like ten or fifteen volcanoes have gone off.”

If the pilot had taken the most direct route to Melbourne they would have flown over many very active fires. The photos are used here with her permission.

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Satellite photo of smoke from fires in New South Wales and Victoria December 3, 2020. The red areas represent heat. NASA image processed by Wildfire Today.

Below is actual flight path for her 50-minute flight. About 16 minutes after takeoff the aircraft was 36,000 feet over the NSW/Victoria border.

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The actual flight path from Canberra to Melbourne. Flightaware.
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Photo of smoke from bushfires by Merrin Macleod on a flight from Canberra to Melbourne, posted January 4, 2020.

A pyrocumulus cloud is produced by the intense heating of the air over a fire. This induces convection, which causes the air mass to rise to a point of stability, where condensation occurs. If the fire is large enough, the cloud may continue to grow, becoming a cumulonimbus flammagenitus which may produce lightning and start another fire.

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Photo of smoke from bushfires by Merrin Macleod on a flight from Canberra to Melbourne, posted January 4, 2020.
smoke pyrocumulus bushfires Australia
Photo of smoke from bushfires by Merrin Macleod on a flight from Canberra to Melbourne, posted January 4, 2020.
smoke pyrocumulus bushfires Australia
Photo of smoke from bushfires by Merrin Macleod on a flight from Canberra to Melbourne, posted January 4, 2020.
smoke pyrocumulus bushfires Australia
Photo of smoke from bushfires by Merrin Macleod on a flight from Canberra to Melbourne, posted January 4, 2020.

One thought on “Stunning photos of pyrocumulus over fires in Australia”

  1. Thank you for posting these photos. We need as many of these as we can get if we are to learn about these dangerous fire plumes and their causes. We obtained similar photos during the 2003 wildfires in the same area from a linescan aircraft crew and from the crew of a doomed NASA space shuttle.
    We have had truly remarkable pyro-convective events occurring in southeast Australia in recent weeks. The list of Australian pyroCbs (much easier to say than pyrocumulus flammigenitus or pyrocumulonimbus), has been growing rapidly since 2001. This year the total may double. We have had pyroCbs that are among the most severe ever recorded. The extremely dense smoke was injected up to 16km into the air, into the stratosphere, as well into low- and mid- levels. We can see in Merrin’s photos that the plumes are above the flight height of the aircraft.
    As we have seen in the past, over a quarter of these events happen around midnight, with the fires sustained by the mixing down of very dry air from above the mixing height.
    We have a lot more to learn.

 

 

Plantagen Shutters and a new Backfence, also a Grandson’s Wedding

https://patchworkmomma.wordpress.com/manifest20-prompts/

Some December Writing Challenge/ Prompts: Today I chose Day 17 and Day 22!

Day 17 Home: Tell us about what home meant to you this year. Are you a homebody? Did you do a renovation? Move? Redecorate?

Day 22  A picture is worth a 1,000 words.  Share a photo which sums up a significant event from the past year, or give us 1,000 words about a pivotal moment in 2019.

 

 

Peter took the above pictures about a month ago. The Jacaranda was in full bloom at that time of the year!

For the Writing Challenge I copy now a blog with pictures I published a month ago. These pictures show that we had some plantagen shutters installed: I think they do contribute to some improvement in our house!

Some of the pictures show how a new back fence was installed on our property, which is another improvement!

Speaking about a significant event from the past year. I would say it was the event of the marriage of Troy and Nina. It means, now all three of our grandsons have been married! Our three great-grandsons, aged 7, 5 and 3, were at the wedding and had a good time together. Our newest great-granddaughter, Baby Evie, was at the wedding too. Evie is the baby sister of 3 year old Carter. 7 year old Lucas and his 5 year old brother Alexander are cousins of Carter and Evie. The three boys love each others company very much!

 

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This picture of afternoon tea with my friends was already taken towards the End of September.
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This must have been a Friday for it looks that we are about to play our game of Scrabble!

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This is a favourite bin of ours in Corrimal. It is great to be able to recycle things!

 

 

In October we did get plantagen shutters installed in several rooms.

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Carter with his baby sister on the day of Nina and Troy’s wedding

 

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Next to Peter are Caroline and Matthew

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Part of our back fence had to be replaced because of storm damage. It took quite a long time from when the contractors took the old fence down and the new fence was finally completed.

 

 

The finishing touches of getting a new fence! Actually the work still has not been totally finished!

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Peter one month ago on his morning walk

Pictures I took in the morning, also one month ago:

 

 

 

The Truth / La Vérité (2019)

Tomorrow, Sunday, we are going to see this French movie at the Dendy Opera Quays:

Directed by : Hirokazu Kore-eda Produced by : 3B Productions, M.I. Movies Genre: Fiction – Runtime: 1 h 47 min French release: 25/12/2019 Production year: 2019 Fabienne is a star – a star of French cinema. She reigns amongst men who love and admire her. When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Lumir returns from New York to Paris with her husband and young child. The reunion between mother and daughter will quickly turn to confrontation: truths will be told, accounts settled, loves and resentments confessed.

 

On the Calder Highway from Mildura to Melbourne in April 2013

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As I said in the previous post we left Mildura before sunrise and were soon on the Calder Highway heading  towards Melbourne. This was on Saturday, 13th April 2013.

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As the sun showed itself above the horizon we had already left Mildura well behind. Melbourne here we come!
After a couple of hours this sign caught our attention.
After a couple of hours this sign caught our attention.
We parked our car.
We parked our car.
Looking forward to getting coffee and a piece of the famous vanilla slice.
Looking forward to getting coffee and a piece of the famous vanilla slice.
This break after two hours driving is quite welcome!
This break after two hours driving is quite welcome!
We are about to go inside for our coffee and vanilla slice when we notice . . .
We are about to go inside for our coffee and vanilla slice when we notice . . .
. . . this sign next door. Anyone for a meat pie? No, thanks, not this morning. We stick with coffee and cake for now.
. . . this sign next door. Anyone for a meat pie? No, thanks, not this morning. We stick with coffee and cake for now.
You can really get a good feed at malleedeli.
You can really get a good feed at malleedeli.
We are quite happy with our decision. The vanilla slice turns out to be just heavenly! No wonder it has become famous.
We are quite happy with our decision. The vanilla slice turns out to be just heavenly! No wonder it has become famous.
Apparently truckies can get a good feed here and they can rest in the Truckies Lounge.
Apparently truckies can get a good feed here and they can rest in the Truckies Lounge.
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After this nice coffee break we keep going. Melbourne is getting closer. 442 km to go.
We drive through rather desolate country.
We drive through rather desolate country.
We pass Mt Wycheproof.
We pass Mt Wycheproof.
And then we reach the LIZARD ROADHOUSE. Looks good for another break.
And then we reach the LIZARD ROADHOUSE. Looks good for another break.
We buy cold drinks, Hamburger and Hot Chips. And we eat some of our own food as well.
We buy cold drinks, Hamburger and Hot Chips. And we eat some of our own food as well.

And on we go. We pass Melbourne Airport in the early afternoon and soon after reach Essendon where Martin, our son, is very happy to see us. He is surprised that we made it in such good time. Yes, we had a good run. No problems whatsoever. Martin straight away offers us tea and something to eat. In the evening he is going to drive to the airport to pick up daughter Lauren who’s on school holidays and going to stay with her Dad for one week.

Peter and I are very glad we’ll be able to stay with our son and granddaughter Lauren for one week. We haven’t seen Lauren for more than a year except for photos on facebook. She looks very beautiful. Soon she’s going to be fifteen. She’s our youngest granddaughter. But then we also have great-grandchildren already. Two of them we are going to see during our stay in Melbourne. The plan is, that we are going to see them on the following day, a Sunday. We are very much looking forward to this. We know that Lauren is also looking forward to see her two little nieces.

P.S. In another post I mentioned already our visit to Warburton where we saw Tristan, our grandson, his wife Stephanie and their two little daughters, our great-granddaughters. Today’s post about our trip from Mildura to Melbourne is an afterthought because I hadn’t published yet the pictures from that trip and I thought it would be nice to be able to share them. I really enjoyed this trip because everything went so smoothly and the trip didn’t take too long. When we travelled back home a week later from Melbourne to Dapto everything went smoothly too but that trip of course took much longer because it was a greater distance we had to cover within one day.

Copy of Uta’s Diary from August, 2019

Last Sunday we had some lunch at Bulli Beach, where it was pretty windy and no sun. But there were quite a lot of people at the Ruby’s Cafe. Many people came in groups and had difficulty getting seats.

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Between 9 and ten in the morning is usually a good time to sit outside for our morning cup of tea. We are always looking forward to this!

At the beginning of the month we travelled again to Benalla to visit our son. This time we took the train to Benalla. We arrived in Benalla on Sunday, the 4th of August. Our return journey was on Thursday, the 8th of August. We had a great time in Benalla. Twice Martin went with me to the Benalla Swimming Centre. Peter did not want to come with us even though we assured him that the water was well heated.

Every day Martin drove us to a different place. So we saw at Glenrowan a multi-million Dollar anamatronic show. It was Ned Kelly’s LAST STAND at the Glenrowan Tourist Centre. 

 

 

Maybe you’d like to have a look at this:

https://www.glenrowantouristcentre.com.au/the-show/

The Show

“This mulitimillion dollar anamatronic show  IS NOT A PICTURE THEATRE it is an interactive theatre production

Through the brilliance of animation and computerised robots, you will be transferred back in time, over 100 years, to witness the events that led up to the capture of the Kelly Gang.

Starting as hostages in the Hotel, and then onto gunfights – burning buildings – a decent hanging, and finishing in our magnificent painting gallery.

The show is educational, historically correct and entertaining.

The show runs for 40 minutes every half hour (separate rooms) from   10:00am   to 4.30pm daily.

The Glenrowan Tourist Centre is fully air conditioned. The theatre can seat up to 50 people at any one time.

The Kelly Gang’s last stand has become an Australian folk legend, however views are divided about how it should be remembered. . . .”

 

After the show in Glenrowan Martin drove with us to Wangaretta where we had an excellent lunch in the Preview Cafe.

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We also had coffee and some desert!

 

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Stopping at the Tolmie Tavern. This was probably on Tuesday when we were there. It said on the sign “WHERE NOTHING EVER HAPPENS”, and true enough: Nothing did happen! And we had thought, we’d get some lunch there! But no, everything looked closed and deserted.

We ended up having lunch a bit further on. I think it may have taken us close to two hours before we actually did have some lunch and decent toilets! Before we arrived at that beautiful old Tatong Tavern we had a good look at the Stringybark Creek Historic Reserve:

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So, at the Tatong Tavern we ended up having a splendid lunch. I asked for vegetarian and did get this beautiful meal:

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Now back to Dapto in New South Wales and the beautiful trees in Lakelands Park in Morning Sunshine:DSCN5427

These trees are my favourite destination when I go for my walk early in the morning.

Our daughter Gabriele would have been 62 on 28 August. I found this little picture in memory of her.

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2 thoughts on “Diary”

  1. AW. A lovely artwork of your precious daughter. 🙂 I know you miss her every day and you think of her. Hold on to those wonderful memories.
    (((HUGS)))
    PS… I love trees! They give life to our lives and add peace, beauty, joy, etc.! Can’t imagine even a day without seeing trees. (And I have hugged a few and talked to a few! ) 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for your comment, dear Carolyn. Yes, all these memories are very important. And these trees are a big incentive for me to do a bit of walking. Peter usually goes for a walk too, early in the morning that is, but he goes on a faster ten minute walk. When he comes close to the trees, he may stop for a minute to talk to me. This morning we went out for a walk, even though there was no sun out, no sun at all. It turned out to be cloudy all day, and later on we did have some rain. Good steady rain. Everything looks very fresh. 🙂
    HUGS, Uta

     

    I copied all the above in response to

    December Writing Challenge/ Prompts

    11. Describe a typical day-in-the-life. Share some photos and give details about an average day. How do you make even the mundane feel special?

     

    12. Creature of Habit: Did you form a new habit this year? Or continue with an old one? Is it a good habit? Or one you’d like to break? More or less the early morning walks are a continuation of an old habit both for Peter and me. I reckon this habit is extremely beneficial for us!

Prompt Day 10: What was the best book you read in 2019? What did you like about it? #Manifest20

I like to mention here three books I did read one year ago and that made quite an impression on me.  Last year I copied some details about these books without mentioning my own opinion about any of the books. But as an introduction to the first book I wrote:

DI MORRISSEY seems to be my favourite author at the moment. The most recent book of hers that I read is: “The Winter Sea”.

Peter said, I should write something about what I felt about these books.

So, the first thing that came to mind is that in each book there are some main characters that I feel very comfortable with. And of course there are some other characters that I would not feel very comfortable with but even the more ‘bad’ characters do have a few likable features. That means the characters feel quite real to me.

In each of the three books there are some male/female relationships that are great to read about. In each book there are some rather strong female characters. But even these very strong females do like a good man a lot! Despite a number of difficulties all these females end up with simply good men –  at least for a while.

‘The Winter Sea’ novel by Di Morrissey is for the most part set into an environment that I am very familiar with. It deals with a family history that encompasses nearly one hundred years and shows what happens to immigrants to Australia that come from different backgrounds, for instance Italian and Irish.

Greg Iles is a New York Times bestselling author. He wrote BLOOD MEMORY. Cat (Catherine) Ferry is a most interesting character. It shows what may happen to a person that has been abused as a child.

Well, the third book ‘THE GOOD DAUGHTER’ by Karin Slaughter, is a very well written book too. There are actually wo daughters, both of them I see as main characters. To my mind both are ‘good’ daughters, even though they are totally different. Maybe one is more the good daughter of the father, the other one the good daughter of the mother. So which counts for more?

The following three links to my auntielive site show you some interesting details  about the three above mentioned books:

https://auntielive.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/books-i-read-in-november-december-2018/

https://auntielive.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/continued-from-books-i-read/

https://auntielive.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/continued-from-books-i-read-2/

Manifest20 Prompts

https://patchworkmomma.wordpress.com/manifest20-prompts/

7. Post your favorite photo of yourself taken during the past year.

8. If money was no object, is there anything you would purchase that would help you fulfill a dream next year?  What would it be and how would it change your life?

I was pretty busy over the weekend this is why I now want to catch up with Nr.7 and 8:

I start with Nr. 8. I think money is always an object, sort of. I reckon Peter and I live a fairly comfortable life in our retirement since we own our own small three bedroom cottage. We have always been very careful about staying within our means.Sometimes wethink  that it would be nice to have a bit more money. But we are not the sort of people who constantly think about doing something just to have more, more, more.

There are certain basic things we would like to have in our old age that would make life a bit more comfortable for us. We would like for instance to have enough money to pay for some regular cleaning services. We are getting more and more feeble. Some cleaning and maintenance jobs are just getting too hard for us!

Now to Nr. 7:

I walked to this tree on a cool winter morning in August 2019. Peter took this picture of me. This is one of my favourite trees. I am glad I can still go on these early morning walks with the help of my walking stick. I really enjoy walking in the morning. Often it is cloudy now or even smoky from all the bushfires. So an early morning with clear air and a bit of sunshine is very special!

Now, in December, we are in the midst of summer in Australia. The last few months it was often hazy with clouds all over the sky, yet we had hardly any rain and everything dries out a lot. And this nearly everywheree in Australia. So the bushfires all over Australia are extremely worrying this year. Some bushfires have been going already for many months and are steadily on the increase, threatening communities. The firefighters have a hard time keeping the flames away from built up areas. A few people already lost properties that could not be saved from the approaching bushfires. Some of the firefighters, poor chaps, get hardly any rest and have at times to cope with less than three hours sleep! It is always good to hear when new helpers arrive to support the struggling firefighters. A lot of the firefighters actually are volunteers. There is a rumour that some volunteers get their normal pay only by forgoing some holiday pay. I think they should get extra holiday pay! How about government payouts for the firefighting effort? I wonder whether this is being considered. . . .