First EF-4 tornado of 2013 injures 82 near Hattiesburg, MS

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:10 AM GMT on February 12, 2013

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The strong tornado that swept through Hattiesburg and Oak Grove in Lamar County, Mississippi, on Sunday has been rated an EF-4 with 170 mph winds, making it the first violent EF-4 tornado of 2013. The tornado hit Hattiesburg at 5:12 pm CST February 10, injuring 82 people and causing widespread damage over a 20-mile-long path. Miraculously, there were no deaths.The only other violent EF-4 tornado ever to hit Lamar County occurred on April 24, 1908, according to NWS Jackson.


Figure 1. Oak Grove High School football field near Hattiesburg, MS after Sunday's tornado. Damage was rated EF-4 near the high school, and there was clear evidence of the tornado being multi-vortex over a portion of its path. Image credit: NWS Jackson Facebook page.

The 2013 tornado season is off to an unusually busy start--a pattern we also saw last year. The January 29 - 30, 2013 tornado outbreak now has 56 confirmed tornadoes, including the only EF-3 tornado of the year, which hit Adairsville, GA, on January 30, killing one person. The outbreak is now ranked as the second largest January tornado outbreak since records began in 1950 (the largest: 128 tornadoes on January 21 - 22, 1999 .) NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logged twelve preliminary reports of tornadoes on Sunday, from Mississippi and Alabama. This brings the tally of preliminary tornado reports for the year to 100. On average, we've had just 72 preliminary tornado reports by February 10 during the previous seven years, 2005 - 2011.


Video 1. Hotel worker Rynal Grant caught this impressive video of the February 10, 2013 Hattiesburg, Mississippi tornado.

Portlight receives $125,000 grant for New Jersey relief efforts
On September 14, 2008, the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ike on Texas and Louisiana moved members of the wunderground community to put into action their own impromptu relief effort. From this humble beginning has grown a disaster-relief charity I have been proud to support--Portlight.org. Portlight has stood up to support the needs of thousands of people affected by natural disasters since Hurricane Ike. After Hurricane Sandy, Portlight became a clearinghouse for local, state and federal agencies, including the FEMA Functional Needs Task Force--New Jersey, meeting the needs of people with disabilities. This week, Portlight announced that they had received a grant of $125,000 to continue helping in New Jersey in a big way. Congratulations, Portlight!


Figure 2. Vince Sciacca was in a horrific car accident a few years ago, which put him in a coma for nine months and left him with a severe brain injury. Shortly before Superstorm Sandy struck, and after much struggle, he had finally straightened out his equipment needs. The storm came along and destroyed everything. Portlight's project manager, Steve Major, delivered this power chair to Vince on February 2, and will be working with him to replace other equipment, as well.

Visit the Portlight.org. Portlight.org website to find out more or Portlight blog to learn more. Donations are always welcome!

Jeff Masters

Hattiesburg, MS Tornado (apphotos)
This photo provided by Jordan Holliman shows a tornado moving through Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/Jordan Holliman)
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado (apphotos)
A business at 5133 Lincoln Road Extension in Hattiesburg, Miss., is damaged after an apparent tornado Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Cook)
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado (apphotos)
A heavily damaged vehicle sits near the front of the University of Southern Mississippi on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado

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BAD STORM HEADING TOWARDS GAINESVILLE FL............
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108 days until Hurricane season!
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FOLKS AROUND STARKE FLORIDA PAY ATTENTION.......DOPPLER RADAR HAS INDICATED WEAK
ROTATION WITHIN THIS STORM. TORNADOES MAY DEVELOP WITH LITTLE OR NO
ADVANCE WARNING.
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WoW!
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BAKER-BRADFORD-CLAY-DUVAL-UNION-
839 AM EST WED FEB 13 2013

...A SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR NORTHWESTERN
CLAY...NORTHERN BRADFORD...SOUTHEASTERN BAKER...EASTERN UNION AND
SOUTHERN DUVAL COUNTIES FOR STRONG WINDS AND FUNNEL CLOUDS VALID
UNTIL 930 AM EST...

AT 839 AM EST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
STRONG THUNDERSTORM CENTERED 2 MILES SOUTH OF JOHNSTOWN...MOVING EAST
AT 50 MPH. THIS STRONG THUNDERSTORM WILL ALSO AFFECT AREAS AROUND
SAMPSON...RAIFORD...NEW RIVER...LAKE
BUTLER...JOHNSTOWN...STARKE...ELLERBEE...LAWTEY.. .AND KINGSLEY
THROUGH 930 AM EST. GUSTY WINDS OF 45 TO 55 MPH CAN BE EXPECTED
ALONG WITH POSSIBLE MINOR DAMAGE. DOPPLER RADAR HAS INDICATED WEAK
ROTATION WITHIN THIS STORM. TORNADOES MAY DEVELOP WITH LITTLE OR NO
ADVANCE WARNING.

REPORT DAMAGE TO THE NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OR YOUR COUNTY
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 AM EST WEDNESDAY MORNING
FOR SOUTHEAST GEORGIA.
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Season's first meas. #snow in #Tulsa Tue. was latest such occurrence, there, since 1932. Quite a change from past seasons! @nwstulsa
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MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0162
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0738 AM CST WED FEB 13 2013

AREAS AFFECTED...SOUTHEAST GA/NORTHERN FL

CONCERNING...TORNADO WATCH 35...

VALID 131338Z - 131445Z

THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FOR TORNADO WATCH 35 CONTINUES.

SUMMARY...TORNADO WATCH 35 CONTINUES UNTIL 14Z ACROSS SOUTHEAST
GA...ALTHOUGH OVERALL TORNADO POTENTIAL IS LOW SUCH THAT WATCH
EXPIRATION IS PROBABLE. SOME INCREASE IN TSTM COVERAGE/VIGOR MAY
CONTINUE TO OCCUR THROUGH THE MORNING ACROSS NORTHERN FL...ALTHOUGH
THE NEED FOR A WATCH IS UNCERTAIN /AND UNLIKELY IN THE SHORT TERM/.

DISCUSSION...INITIAL STRONG/POTENTIALLY SEVERE TSTMS EARLY THIS
MORNING ACROSS FAR SOUTHEAST GA HAVE NOW SPREAD EASTWARD OFFSHORE.
ADDITIONAL SURFACE BASED DEVELOPMENT ACROSS TORNADO WATCH 35 IN
VICINITY OF THE STATIONARY/WARM FRONT DOES NOT SEEM LIKELY IN THE
SHORT TERM. THAT SAID...STORMS SHOULD CONTINUE TO DEVELOP A BIT
FARTHER S/SW FROM THE NORTHEAST GULF OF MEXICO INTO NORTH FL IN THE
VICINITY OF A PRE-FRONTAL CONFLUENCE BOUNDARY THAT EXTENDS SW-NE
ACROSS THE REGION. SUCH DEVELOPMENT WILL BE AIDED BY THE INFLUENCE
OF WEAK HEIGHT FALLS ALOFT VIA THE UPPER TROUGH APPROACHING THE
LOWER-MIDDLE MS RIVER VALLEY...ALTHOUGH MODEST OVERALL CONVERGENCE
AND RESIDUAL MID-LEVEL INVERSION /AROUND 700MB SUCH AS 12Z
JACKSONVILLE OBSERVED RAOB/ MAY BE MITIGATING FACTORS FOR A MORE
CERTAIN/CONSEQUENTIAL SEVERE RISK. SHOULD STRONGER UPDRAFTS BECOME
ESTABLISHED...A RISK FOR DAMAGING WINDS MAY EXIST ACROSS NORTH
FL/PERHAPS EXTREME SOUTHEAST GA GIVEN THE STRONG/UNIDIRECTIONAL
NATURE OF THE WIND PROFILES ACROSS THE REGION.

..GUYER.. 02/13/2013


ATTN...WFO...CHS...TBW...JAX...TAE...

LAT...LON 31458275 31828204 31368125 29718176 29438316 29998357
31458275
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The EF3 Adairsville tornado, EF4 Hattiesburg tornado, and remainder of this year's strong tornadoes (EF2+ - there have been an unusual amount already) have occurred from generally similar synoptic setups. Have to wonder if the pattern will stay active and if the focus of activity will remain situated in the south.
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BRRRRRRRRRRR
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Quoting pcola57:


Latest report is FL. panhandle is averaging slightly less than average and no new local wells have been authorized at this time..
However,the rest of FL. is close to over tapping local resources and a report concerning this is due from FSU in March..
I hope March isn't too late. Aquifers are an important resource.
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Quoting pcola57:
USGS Water Watch..










How are the aquifers fairing? I know there is a massive aquifer system under Florida
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Roof collapses at Chernobyl nuclear plant: Ukraine

A section of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has collapsed under the weight of snow but there were no injuries or any increase in radiation from the reactor that exploded in 1986, the country’s emergency agency said Wednesday.

“The preliminary reason for the collapse was too much snow on the roof,” the agency said, adding that the radiation situation is “within the norm” and nobody was harmed in Tuesday’s incident.

The roof was constructed after the 1986 disaster but is not part of the sarcophagus structure covering the reactor, it said.

However the collapse underlines concerns about the condition of the now defunct nuclear plant over two-and-a-half-decades after the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

Part of the roof and some of the walls at the plant’s machine room, close to the sarcophagus that seals the reactor number four which melted down in the 1986 accident, fell under the weight of the snow.

The area of the accident is estimated about 600 square metres, (6,500 square feet), the emergency agency said.

A statement on the website of the power station described the accident as the “partial failure of the wall slabs and light roof of the Unit 4 Turbine Hall”.

It said that the damaged structure was not critical part of the protection structures at the power plant.

“There are no changes in the radiation situation at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant industrial site and in the exclusion zone. There were no injuries,” it said.

Chernobyl is only around 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Ukraine’s capital Kiev and lies close to the borders with Russia and Belarus. The area around the plant is still very contaminated and is designated as a depopulated “exclusion zone”.

Amid concerns about the state of the sarcophagus, an arch-shaped structure called the New Safe Confinement is being built nearby to slide over the existing sarcophagus covering the reactor.

The EBRD is administering the fund to build the shelter with the help of donor contributions. When it is finished in 2015, the structure will weigh 20,000 tonnes and span 257 metres (almost 850 feet).

Two workers were killed by the April 26, 1986 explosion and 28 other rescuers and staff died of radiation exposure in the next months. Tens of thousands of people needed to be evacuated and fears remain over the scale of damage to people’s health.

In 1986 and 1987, the Soviet government sent more than half a million rescue workers, known as liquidators, to clear up the power station and decontaminate the surrounding area.

However the total death toll from Chernobyl remains a subject of bitter scientific controversy, with estimates ranging from no more than a few dozen deaths directly attributable to the disaster to tens of thousands.
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:
“We’re using the atmosphere as an open sewer. It’s functionally insane." Al Gore 02/07/13



What hypocrite he has proved to be. Of course for a half billion bucks, I would be too.


Mornin' Doug!

Someone must have told him that all three of his books that were sold were used as firewood during Sandy...

Nice graphics 57, thanks!
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THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE MARYLAND PORTION OF THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY...TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER...AND ADJACENT COUNTIES IN
CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

RAIN IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE TO SNOW ACROSS MUCH OF THE WASHINGTON-
BALTIMORE METRO AREA THIS EVENING. LIGHT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS
ARE LIKELY THIS EVENING ACROSS CENTRAL MARYLAND...PARTICULARLY NEAR
THE MASON DIXON LINE.
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“We’re using the atmosphere as an open sewer. It’s functionally insane." Al Gore 02/07/13



What hypocrite he has proved to be. Of course for a half billion bucks, I would be too.
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COASTAL WATERS FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
739 AM EST WED FEB 13 2013

SOUTH SANTEE RIVER SC TO SAVANNAH GA OUT 20 NM AND SAVANNAH GA TO
ALTAMAHA SOUND GA OUT 60 NM...INCLUDING CHARLESTON HARBOR AND GRAYS
REEF NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

AMZ354-140345-
WATERS FROM SAVANNAH GA TO ALTAMAHA SOUND GA OUT 20 NM...INCLUDING
GRAYS REEF NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY-
739 AM EST WED FEB 13 2013

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...
...TORNADO WATCH 35 IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM EST THIS MORNING...
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Florida needs this rain,we are sinking into drought..
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THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST
FLORIDA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

...THUNDERSTORM IMPACT...
A BAND OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE SOUTHEAST ACROSS
THE REGION TODAY. NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED...BUT SOME
OF THE STRONGER STORMS COULD CONTAIN GUSTY WINDS AND DEADLY CLOUD
TO GROUND LIGHTNING.

...LAKE WIND IMPACT...
WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 20 TO 25 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS TODAY. THIS
WILL RESULT IN CHOPPY CONDITIONS ON LARGER LAKES.
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Quoting ncstorm:
Dr. Greg Forbes Torcon Index Wednesday, Feb. 13

Thunderstorms with heavy rain, isolated damaging gusts and tornadoes in southeast and east-central AL, central and south GA, central and east FL panhandle, north and central FL peninsula, southeast third of SC. A chance of morning hail in northwest GA.

TOR:CON
AL east-central, southeast - 3
FL central, east panhandle - 3
FL north, central peninsula - 2 to 3
GA east-central, southeast - 4
GA southwest, west-central - 3
GA northwest - less than 2
SC south - 4
SC northeast - 3
Thursday, Feb. 14
thanks for this, watching this very closely today in my area...
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In weather history: The all time highest pressure record for North Carolina is set in Raleigh when the pressure reaches 31.00 inches on February 13, 1981.
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Quoting ncstorm:

That should expire very soon. The storm is now over the Atlantic with Marine warning.

MARINE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
729 AM EST WED FEB 13 2013

AMZ354-374-131330-
/O.CON.KCHS.MA.W.0003.000000T0000Z-130213T1330Z/
729 AM EST WED FEB 13 2013

...A SPECIAL MARINE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 830 AM EST FOR
THE FOLLOWING AREAS...
COASTAL WATERS FROM SAVANNAH GA TO ALTAMAHA SOUND GA OUT 20 NM...
INCLUDING GRAYS REEF NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY...
WATERS FROM SAVANNAH GA TO ALTAMAHA SOUND GA EXTENDING FROM 20 TO
60 NM...

AT 729 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO
INDICATE A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 35 KNOTS... FROM 9 MILES NORTHEAST OF 41008 TO 6 MILES WEST OF
41008...MOVING EAST AT 50 KT.

THESE STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL OTHERWISE REMAIN AWAY FROM
SIGNIFICANT MARINE LOCATIONS ACROSS THE INDICATED AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

PREPARE FOR STRONG WIND GUSTS AND SUDDEN WIND SHIFTS...STEEP AND
RAPIDLY BUILDING WAVES...DANGEROUS LIGHTNING AND POOR VISIBILITY IN
HEAVY RAIN AND BLOWING SPRAY. BE SURE ALL PASSENGERS ARE WEARING
APPROVED PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICES. TURN ON BILGE PUMPS.
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“We’re using the atmosphere as an open sewer. It’s functionally insane." Al Gore 02/07/13

Article here.
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Scotland right now. Nemo pays a visit.











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@MarkVogan
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Dr. Greg Forbes Torcon Index Wednesday, Feb. 13

Thunderstorms with heavy rain, isolated damaging gusts and tornadoes in southeast and east-central AL, central and south GA, central and east FL panhandle, north and central FL peninsula, southeast third of SC. A chance of morning hail in northwest GA.

TOR:CON
AL east-central, southeast - 3
FL central, east panhandle - 3
FL north, central peninsula - 2 to 3
GA east-central, southeast - 4
GA southwest, west-central - 3
GA northwest - less than 2
SC south - 4
SC northeast - 3
Thursday, Feb. 14
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Quoting aislinnpaps:
Everyone have a great Wednesday! Aussie, have a great Thursday!

Have a great Ash Wednesday
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HPC!
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Everyone have a great Wednesday! Aussie, have a great Thursday!
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Quoting indianrivguy:


I get nervous when you give up easy... You prolly need another beer.:)

Good evening' Mate!!

Morning everyone not down under!

I can't argue with solid facts mate. My feet aren't stuck in concrete. I can move from a brown field to the greener field next door
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Check this out.... Middle of the North Pacific.







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Quoting AussieStorm:

ok, I'm wrong. I withdraw my comment.


I get nervous when you give up easy... You prolly need another beer.:)

Good evening' Mate!!

Morning everyone not down under!
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BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SPECIAL MARINE WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
654 AM EST WED FEB 13 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A

* SPECIAL MARINE WARNING FOR...
COASTAL WATERS FROM SAVANNAH GA TO ALTAMAHA SOUND GA OUT 20 NM...
INCLUDING GRAYS REEF NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY...
WATERS FROM SAVANNAH GA TO ALTAMAHA SOUND GA EXTENDING FROM 20 TO
60 NM...

* UNTIL 830 AM EST

* AT 653 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 35
KNOTS...FROM SAPELO SOUND TO 7 NM NORTHWEST OF ALTAMAHA
SOUND...MOVING EAST AT 55 KT.

* SOME LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
BUOY BL...SAPELO BUOY S...ALT BUOY...BUOY J...BUOY 41008 AND DRH
BUOY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

PREPARE FOR STRONG WIND GUSTS AND SUDDEN WIND SHIFTS...STEEP AND
RAPIDLY BUILDING WAVES...DANGEROUS LIGHTNING AND POOR VISIBILITY IN
HEAVY RAIN AND BLOWING SPRAY. BE SURE ALL PASSENGERS ARE WEARING
APPROVED PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICES. TURN ON BILGE PUMPS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 AM EST WEDNESDAY MORNING
FOR SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.
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oh dear. 2 fire-fighters are dead in the Victorian Alpine area after a tree fell on there truck.


Two firefighters killed battling Victorian blaze.

Two firefighters have been killed in Victoria's alpine region.

They were working on the huge Harrietville blaze when a tree fell on their vehicle in the remote Buckland valley.

The Australian Workers Union (AWU) says the firefighters were employed by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).

Police say the blaze and steep terrain are making it difficult to get to the scene.

"Our members have confirmed that two firefighters unfortunately lost their lives," AWU Victorian secretary Cesar Melhem said.

Mr Melhem says the deaths are a shattering loss for the firefighters' families, their workmates, the union and all Victorians.

"These DSE firefighters work in the most horrific conditions imaginable, away from the big centres, out in the bush, and with very little recognition for their heroic contribution to this state," he said.

"They have died heroes, which will be small comfort to those that grieve them."

The union says the identities of the firefighters have not been confirmed.

"The priority at this stage will be to recover the bodies because they're still behind the fire lines and attend to the rest of the firefighters making sure all of the support has been provided to them," Mr Melhem said.

He says their colleagues are receiving support.

"These firefighters are a very close group of people, they do depend on each other so I would say at this point in time they would be in a state of shock losing their comrades," he said.

"We have some of our officials on the scene as well to provide support to these firefighters and hopefully they'll be able to pull through."

The DSE and CFA had earlier said firefighters were making the most of mild weather conditions working around the clock to control hotspots and build containment lines around the fire.

The Harrietville fire has burned 27,000 hectares since it was started by lightning on January 21.

Another Victorian DSE firefighter died while working on bushfires in Tasmania last month.

Peter Cramer, a DSE firefighter and CFA volunteer from Tyers in Gippsland, was part of a contingent of more than 70 Victorian emergency services workers sent to Tasmania to help fight the fires.

Mr Cramer, 61, died on January 13 at Taranna, east of Hobart, while working on foot to identify potential containment lines on the southern boundary of the Forcett fire about three kilometres from the active fire edge.

ABC/AAP
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My cousin just sent me this photo. He's on a dozer in a coal mine in Scotland.



He now just sitting in his dozer as the snow is very heavy and is drifting making visibility difficult.
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Oh no... It's Western Australia's turn to have bad bush fires.

South West residents at risk as fires burn



Two homes have been destroyed and others are under threat from bushfires burning in the shires of Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Nannup and Donnybrook-Balingup.
It has been reported that the historic Southampton Homestead, around 12 kilometres south of Balingup, was one of the houses which was destroyed.
A bushfire emergency warning was issued earlier this afternoon and remains in place for people south of Hay Road, west of South Western Highway, north of Brockman Highway and east of Wetherley Road. This includes the townsites of Greenbushes, the western part of Bridgetown, Hester Brook, Wandillup, Maranup and Southampton.
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Meanwhile, a bushfire 'watch and act' warning remains in place for people west of Greenbushes-Boyup Brook Road, Kendall Road, Winnejup Road, Wheatley Giblett Road and Carbanup Brook Road, and north of Glentulloch Road.
Homes in the areas listed are under direct threat. The fire that started at River Road yesterday has crossed the river and is burning in an eastern direction.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advise that those in the area are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
People in the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes that decide to leave are to place a green bag on their mail box or gate to advise firefighters that they have left.

Fire burning in the Greenbushes area. Photo: Michelle Ulph via Facebook
As embers are ahead of the fire, close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
Do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. However, if you have access to a water tank and plan to stay and defend start patrolling around your house and put out spot fires.
If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.
Relocation information for both fires
People need to leave via Southampton Road to Brockman Highway or Maranup Ford Road towards Bridgetown.
The Bridgetown Recreation Centre has been set up as a relocation point.
Road closures for both fires
- Southampton Road between Hay Road and Maranup Ford Road.
- Maranup Ford Road between Greenbushes Road and Maranup Bridge.
- Spring Gully Road between Greenbushes and Southampton Road.
The Bibbulmun Track, including Kings Hut, is closed between Balingup and Donnelly River Village.




Nannup and Balingup
A bushfire 'advice' remains in place for people in an area between Nannup and Balingup in the Blackwood Valley.
Although there is no immediate danger people need to be aware and keep up-to-date.
The fires are believed to be some of the six bushfires that started following an intensive thunderstorm on Tuesday afternoon.
A seventh potential fire is being investigated.
Other fires are currently within containment lines but conditions are hot and dry with variable winds meaning the situation could change rapidly if fires break containment lines.
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Quoting KarenRei:


No. Scientific studies imply causation. And they exist out the wazoo, overwhelmingly implicating human activities.



It depends on what you mean by "proves". Science doesn't deal in absolute proofs, unless you're talking about mathematics. But if you want "overwhelming body of evidence" as a standard, then yes, there's not only thousands of studies, but a large number of metastudies as well, conducted by the most esteemed scientific bodies in the world.



EVERY IPCC report has covered solar activity. All agree that it has an effect. All agree that the effect is negligible compared to the human-induced impact.



Half correct. Yes, the Milankovitch cycles are due to changes in solar radiation levels caused by the precession of the Earth, and are the primary theorized cause of periodic ice ages. No, there is not in the least agreement that "carbon dioxide levels had no effect at all". Quite to the contrary, the primary criticism for the precession argument for the cause of periodic ice ages when it was proposed is that it's quite easy to calculate that the changes in solar radiation levels are not enough to change the climate that radically. Hence there has to be a "feedback mechanism" amplifying it. There is near universal agreement that this feedback mechanism is greenhouse gasses, primarily carbon dioxide.



Your cost figures are not in line with studies, and the predominance of the evidence suggests that it overwhelmingly is a significant long-term money saver due to the reduction in climate amelioration and disaster-cleanup costs.



Approximately 98% of the world's active publishing climate scientists are in agreement on this one. How much more do you need?


Beautiful. I tip my hat to you.
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It's a bit early for this. SE Georgia

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