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Look at these fascinating pictures of a huge dust storm taken in north-western Australia.
I saw that on weather.com the other week and almost posted it. Hate to have to clean my boat after going through something like that, I'd imagine it would have to geteverywhere!
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Perth?? Nice!...

I doubt you'd get anything like this in Perth itself - you'd need to be several hundred miles further north - but you might warn him that the sharks in Perth just love the taste of Americans.
My apologies for a thoughtless and unkind remark about Perth. Never been there and am sure it will be fascinating? when I visit her. I will remember to look out for sharks. Americans, at least some, are quite tasty.

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The most impressive (and nasty!) weather phenomenon to happen out back are "fire devils". Imagine a tornado of fire from the ground to the sky...
Lord Thunderin' Jesus!

You've got the world's deadliest spiders, snakes, plants, fish, jellyfish and now: pillars of fire!?!

Even your weather is trying to kill you!

What did you Aussie's do to piss God off?
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Lord Thunderin' Jesus!

You've got the world's deadliest spiders, snakes, plants, fish, jellyfish and now: pillars of fire!?!

Even your weather is trying to kill you!

What did you Aussie's do to piss God off?
They're the descendants of criminals!
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My apologies for a thoughtless and unkind remark about Perth. Never been there and am sure it will be fascinating? when I visit her. I will remember to look out for sharks. Americans, at least some, are quite tasty.

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Most of us are well fed and tender.. that's why the sharks like us..

Fire tornados are nothing new.. any fire can spawn one in the right circumstances.. but they are VERY scarey. I remember reading about Tokyo in the aftermath of the great Kanto Earthquake when the entire city was burning. People found sanctuary in an open square where nothing could burn.. until the heat spawned "fire devels" that began swirling around in the square.
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My apologies for a thoughtless and unkind remark about Perth. Never been there and am sure it will be fascinating? when I visit her. I will remember to look out for sharks. Americans, at least some, are quite tasty.

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Western Australia is a fascinating place... I always wanted to visit Perth, since first learning of it as a young boy, when they famously lit up the city for John Glenn during his first orbital space flight. The best way to get there, of course, is the 3 1/2 day trip across Oz on the Indian Pacific, one of the great railway journeys of the world, trip of a lifetime...

Not many cities of almost 2 million people, that when you reach the outskirts of the metropolitan area, you start seeing roadsigns advising "Next Gas - 110 KM"...

There's some amazing stuff to see in WA...




One bit of advice, however... Definitely take the Collision Damage Coverage on your rental car, or better yet go for one equipped with Roo Bars... (grin)


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Jon,

Nice pics. Thanks. I have been checking out that part of Australia on the web anticipating a trip. Will get the insurance. With friends and family to visit from Hawaii to Singapore, a trip to the other side of the world will likely take me west from Maine . The train trip looks amazing and it might just happen. Great suggestion!

When you come to visit us in Maine watch out for one of our 80,000 moose. That encounter can kill you if one walks in front of your car. They don't bounce off! The deer do. Ha!

Wishing I was 36 not 66. Would love to spend a couple of years in Australia. So much to do and so little time.

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Lord Thunderin' Jesus!

You've got the world's deadliest spiders, snakes, plants, fish, jellyfish and now: pillars of fire!?!

Even your weather is trying to kill you!

What did you Aussie's do to piss God off?
Why, nothing at all... This is God's own country this is!!

God gave us all them nasties to stop those darn tourists wanting to live here.
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When you come to visit us in Maine watch out for one of our 80,000 moose. That encounter can kill you if one walks in front of your car. They don't bounce off! The deer do. Ha!
Yes, there are a lot of 'roos out Perth way and many do seem to have a fatal attraction for car headlights, but, speaking from personal experience, you do not ever want to hit an Emu..

Think 1/2-ton wrecking ball covered in a gazillion instantly-deployable feathers positioned about average windscreen height on spindly legs. Even if you live though the experience, you won't ever want to get back in that car again!

Then there's the Wombats (a.k.a mobile speed bumps). Hit one of Fuzzy's relatives at 60mph and you'll rip the transmission right out of the car...

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Wishing I was 36 not 66. Would love to spend a couple of years in Australia. So much to do and so little time.
Funny... some of us say that about America.
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Two marine patrol wardens were motoring in their 16' ob down the river near Bath, ME at about 15 k when a sturgeon that was estimated at between 5 and 6 feet weighing 300+ pounds leaped across their path. It took of the windshield of the boat, knocked both wardens into the back of the boat and put them in the hospital. The fish completed its arc and returned to the water on the other side of the boat! I have seen these huge armor plated prehistoric beasts in mid air up fairly close as we have our catboat on the coast near there. It would ruin your day to have something like that join you in the cockpit! 1000 pound moose to run into in the car and 300 pound fish that can sink a small boat. Fun! Maine is really a very safe place to live. We have no poisonous snakes! Ha! A flock of wild turkeys could shed a few feathers but they are too smart to get hit.

You guys have the most nasties without doubt.
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