Monthly Archives: January 2020

The Smoke is Back in Canberra

After the horror fires that hit the Canberra region a couple of days ago (and are still burning), the awful muddy yellow smoke has again taken over Australia’s capital city.

Here are some pictures from around 5pm today. The first is an aeroplane flying over our house – on its way back from the nearby fire front. The second is a currawong in a tree in our garden.

Water Bombing Aeroplane Surveillance Namadgi Bushfire Smoke Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 29th January 2020

Currawong Bushfire Smoke Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 29th January 2020

 

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Canberra Bushfires

We haven’t had the internet all day because of the bushfires in and around Canberra, but here’s what we were looking at yesterday: the fire coming over the mountains and down towards us. They’ve been waterbombing nonstop since yesterday (including with the big American DC-10), and they stopped the flames before they reached the houses, but we’ve been told the fire is going to burn for weeks.

So, yeah, despite what everyone seems to think, the fires in Australia still very much exist.

Namadgi National Park Southern Canberra Tuggeranong Bushfire Brindabella Range Mountains Sonya Oksana Heaney Evening of 28th January 2020

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Brisbane!

I’m in Brisbane for a few days. We were late arriving last night because – after Canberra Airport was closed the day before because it was surrounded by bushfires – yesterday planes from Sydney were diverted to Canberra because of a storm!

We flew around that storm on the way up to Queensland, and it was pretty spectacular sering all that lightning from the sky.

Here’s this morning’s view from my apartment.

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And it’s hailing in Canberra for the second time in less than a week …

Hailstorm Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 20th January 2020 Nature Rain 1

Hailstorm Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 20th January 2020 Nature Rain 2

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The first (mostly) smoke-free sunset in Canberra since last year!

First mostly smoke-free Sunset southern Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 16th January 2020

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16/01/2020 · 8:17 pm

Ten Minutes of Hail in Canberra

Despite what the world’s news is reporting, the bushfires in Australia aren’t out! SOME are, but the rain people who don’t seem to understand the size of Australia are reporting on nonstop didn’t hit the whole country (we’re the same size as the United States – we don’t all have the same weather at the same time)!

A ten-minute hailstorm hit the south of Canberra at around 4:30 this afternoon, and then other parts an hour or so later, taking down powerlines all over the city. We had little rain – but a lot of ice!

The water bombing helicopters resumed flying over our city – still at work on the fires – immediately afterwards.

Hailstorm southern Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 16th January 2020.

Hailstorm southern Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 16th January 2020

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Happy Ukrainian New Year!

Happy Ukrainian New Year! As Ukrainian Christmas doesn’t happen until the 6th – 7th of January, New Year happens in the middle of the month.

Ukrainian-home-decor Christmas New Year preparations in Ukraine Ukrainian recipes

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