As you will probably remember from Monday’s post, we’ve had Extremely Wild Weather Smashing Australia’s South-East Coast this week. At the time, Sydney had taken the brunt of it, but I did also mention that it had moved on to Tasmania.
Tasmania is one of Australia’s most beautiful, green and lush states. I went there about five years ago and stayed in both Hobart and Launceston. Both have rivers, here’s Hobart’s Derwent River…
The narrator mentions cloud seeding and refers to an article on the ABC News website. It states that Tasmania’s government-owned energy company, Hydro, conducted cloud seeding over the Derwent River the day before the downpour. Cloud seeding is a technique that messes with the clouds in an attempt to increase rainfall.
So, I would have to agree, this does seem a strange thing to be doing when heavy rain falls were known to be on their way.
The swimming pool picture
At 3 minutes 54 seconds into the video, you will see eroded beach houses and a swimming pool which has almost fallen into the sea. This did not happen in Tasmania, this is footage from Collaroy in Sydney as you will know from Mondays post. Not sure why he put that in there, maybe he just couldn’t resist it for its dramatic effect.
It does seem to appear though that the rest of the pictures are genuinely from Tasmania, although the ‘rolling tanker’ and the ‘wild surfer’ picture could be from anywhere.
A ban on drones
The narrator makes a rather dramatic statement that “amateur drone users are being asked not to take footage of this event“. He goes on to claim that this represents some kind of cover-up or censorship.
As far as I can see, there is no drama over the request to not allow drones. These drones do cause a significant risk to other aircraft and during an emergency like this, there would undoubtedly be extra helicopters and light aircraft in the skies.
All that aside though, it is a fascinating video and clearly shows the devastation that has swept through Tasmania this week. Here’s the video…