PHOTOGRAPH OF THE WEEK - 8 February 2009
Greetings from Melbourne, where I am attending the 9th International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology.
I arrived in Melbourne, Saturday 7 February 2009, at about 17:30 AEDT on flight NZ 753 from Wellington in what had to be the most surreal flight I have ever experienced. On our approach to Melbourne we flew right through extremely thick smoke from the Victorian bush fires. We had been warned by the pilot to expect smoke and that it may make its way into the cabin.
However, this in no way prepared us for what was to come - the sky turned almost black then some minutes later a very deep orange. The experience was really quite scary and we had no idea of the devastation that was occuring below.
Also we had been expecting to land in 46°C temperatures but shortly after touchdown the pilot announced that a southerly change had occured just as we were landing (Wow!) - by the time we cleared customs the temperature had dropped to 32°C.
James McGregor, MetVUW.com
Attached is a photo taken this afternoon showing a near stationary flock of
Canadian Geese battling into a strong nor'west wind, which has dragged
smoke across the Tasman Sea from the Victorian bush fires.
Photo was taken at Rakatu Wetlands, near the Waiau River South of Lake
Manapouri, Southland NZ.
Camera was a Canon A85 Powershot, automatic exposure, full zoom.
Photo taken: 13:28 NZDT Sunday 8 February 2009' wrote Steve.
Something very topical here which you may wish to show on your website.
This photograph was taken at 19:00 Sunday 8 February, at Fairfield, Dunedin, looking west.
The Australian bushfires have sent aloft an extensive thick layer of smoke which spread onto the south of the South Island on 8th February, having being carried along by the strong upper westerlies.
Photo is not enhanced in any way. It is just as I took it. The fact that I could take it directly into the sun, gives an idea of how thick the smoke layer at upper levels actually is! The part of the sky where the sun is, was actually CLOUD-FREE.
Taken with Fuji Finepix S5700 on auto setting. The smoke started appearing mid-morning, and gradually got thicker as the day went on.
This has happened quite a few times in the past, but this is the most dramatic effect I have seen here in over 40 years.
Here is a shot from Omarama, North Otago looking North. We generally see the wave positions when marked by the rotor clouds or the lenticulars with the cloud lines being perpendicular to the wind direction. Today the smoke from Australia's bush fires outlined the waves differently.
The clouds and the smoke lines are at different distances from the camera which can confuse the sky mapping but the Ben Ohau rotor (in the center), the lines worked nicely around.
Camera: Camedia Olympus C2000Z on Sunday 8 February 2009 at 16:30,
Shot 001: F/6.3 ; 1/800; ISO-100;
Shot 016: F/9 ; 1/500; ISO-100;
Shot 042: F/10 ; 1/650; ISO-100.'
'Here's a variety of clouds taken looking west out to sea from the top of Maunganui Bluff in Northland on 26 January 2009 at 13:24. Sony H2 on automatic.
There was a light breeze and it had been a hot climb up the bluff. We drove back into Auckland through the odd light shower that evening' wrote
'It was the 31 December 2008 during our sailing trip around New-Caledonia. the weather was very warm and humid. Before the rain the wind was westerly and after southeasterly. The camera was a Pentax Optio W30,
PS my fullname is : Jean-Philippe VIDAL
'Love your website - I am a regular visitor watching weather and new pics.
This photo was taken looking west from an eastern arm of Whangaroa Harbour
on Christmas night 21:53 - I recall was windy for a couple days and then calm
again Boxing day or the next day.
Taken with a Sony Cybershot DSCS650 probably set on automatic - I am a
'I have only just found your great site, and on the very day this fantastic 80km (apparently) streak of cirrus cloud reached right across the sky. There were other beautiful cloud formations surrounding it and I wondered if you would be interested in seeing the series of photographs I took from our olive grove in South Wairarapa at around 10:30 on 30 January 2009 on a Canon Power Shot A75 in Auto Shooting Mode over a period of about 5 minutes.
It was a magnificent sight on a glorious day in a continuing pattern of fine, very warm weather across our region.
I hope you enjoy the photos.
'Thought you might like this glorious sunset over Auckland on 3 January 2009.
For just a few minutes it exhibited the unusual bicolouration.
Camera is a Canon 450D with 17-85mm at its widest zoom, F4.5 & 1/30 sec' wrote
Brian wrote '...another of those stunning Wellington sunsets taken
29 December 2008 looking south from Lower Hutt. Taken with Fuji
finepix S5100 on auto exposure.
Thanks James for this website, it has made me so much more
aware of the weather formations around us.
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