“Catastrophic” Heat Wave Burning up Australia

Climate Desk: Every Australian knows well the smell of burning Eucalyptus. As a kid, I remember filling bathtubs and hosing the house as embers flew overhead and the lawn turned grey with ash. The family photo albums practically lived for one month each summer in the back of the car. So regular are fires across this big, dry place (the driest inhabited continent on earth) that they are given a season unto themselves--"bushfire season"--which kicks off late December and continues through the height of Summer......

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