Articles | Volume 20, issue 5
Research article
27 May 2020
Research article |  | 27 May 2020

Evolution of a pyrocumulonimbus event associated with an extreme wildfire in Tasmania, Australia

Mercy N. Ndalila, Grant J. Williamson, Paul Fox-Hughes, Jason Sharples, and David M. J. S. Bowman


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (29 Mar 2020) by Ricardo Trigo
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (03 Apr 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (03 Apr 2020) by Ricardo Trigo
RR by Paulo Fernandes (06 Apr 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (10 Apr 2020)
ED: Publish as is (18 Apr 2020) by Ricardo Trigo
Short summary
We analyse the evolution of a pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCb), or fire-induced thunderstorm, during the Forcett–Dunalley fire on 4 January 2013 and relate it to the prevailing fire weather and fire severity patterns. We show that the pyroCb reached an altitude of 15 km, was associated with elevated fire weather, and formed over a severely burned area. Additionally, we show that eastern Tasmania is prone to elevated fire weather which has implications for fire weather forecasting and fire management.
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