In comments at WUWT one Jim Hutchinson quotes an interesting statement relative to the present bush fires in Australia:
Greenies and National Parks came along. The geographic spread and inflicted damage of this 4 day fire are succinctly described as follows:
“After five weeks of hot northerly winds, on the 6th of February,1851 known as Black Thursday, probably Victoria’s most extensive bushfires, apparently started in the Plenty Ranges when two bullock drivers left some logs burning which set fire to long, drought-parched grass. From an early hour in the morning a hot wind blew from the NNW, accompanied by 47C temperatures in Melbourne.
There was extensive damage in Victoria’s Port Phillip district. Huge areas of southern and NE Vic were burnt out. Fires burnt from Mt Gambier in South Australia to Portland in Victoria as well as the Wimmera in the north and central and southern areas including Semour (sic), the Plenty Ranges and much of Gippsland , Westernport, Geelong, Heidelberg and east to Diamond Creek and Dandenong where a number of settlements were destroyed.
There were 1.5m ha of forest burnt out plus vast areas of scrub and grasslands (total land burnt – approx 5m ha [DNRE,Vic]). Farmers at Barrabool Hills were burnt out or ruined; three men perished at Mt Macedon and wholesale destruction of the Dandenong districts was accompanied by similar widespread razings from Gippsland to the Murray (River). Other scorched areas included Omeo, Mansfield, Dromana, Yarra Glen, Warburton and Erica.”
[Source: Emergency Management Australia]
I noted the date. 1851. Something seemed familiar.
I looked up a lunar tide forces graph from here:
http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/lunar-cycles-more-than-one/ which references the original paper with the graph.
I note that 1851 is almost exactly under the intersection of curves B and b.
I note that 2012 is almost exactly under the intersection of curves C and c.
I note that the ‘dark peaks’ on the bottom of tidal forces look about the same.
Things that make you go Hmmmm…..