Fires burning around Australia (mostly down the east coast) since the beginning of October and now, unfortunately, it looks as if we are in for a bushfire-ridden summer.
The attached radar image was just captured from our Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) website, where "right now" radar images can be accessed, right around the country.
Usually we use it to keep an eye on thunderstorm activity but the radar technology is now at the point where it captures the tiny smoke particles. One would be forgiven for thinking that streams water vapour are being blown eastwards towards the Tasman Sea from the mountain ranges west of Sydney.
It was only a few years ago that we were gobsmacked at being able to see radar images of the weather as it happened. Now we have the ability to monitor bushfire smoke.
Another piece of technology is used by our Geoscience body (a federal government organisation) in which they use satellite passes to give instant updates of "hotspots". The second image shows the most recent, just an hour ago. The bright red spots indicate fire spots which occurred within the past two hours! Orange spots and yellow spots are of fires which first appeared between 12 and 48 hours ago. (When using the online application you can zoom right in to show individual fire spots at great accuracy insofar as the location is concerned. This assists the Rural Fire Services to pinpoint outbreaks).