Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Why westerly winds are not welcome.

There was a westerly wind last night and smoke from camper's fires drifted towards the beach. When you have breathing problems, smoke is hazardous and difficult to avoid. A news item caught my attention today, "Smoke blankets Burnie". The smoke was caused by Forestry Tasmania burn offs and some are planned for NE Tasmania, which is where St Helens is located. It will all depend on the wind, any direction with an easterly component should be fine while other directions could be problematic. There are Forestry Tasmania web pages with maps of planned burns and EPA pages with air quality monitoring data and we'll have to keep a close eye on them.

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