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General learning outcome:

SPECIFIC HIGH COUNTRY WEATHER:

Specific learning outcome:

Foehn winds are important in southeast Australia.

Topic:

The types of foehn winds and the conditions for their formation.

Expert Awareness for Fire Behaviour Analysts


Situation Unit analysts should refer to current weather products to assess foehn potential. This involves (a) looking to see what happens to air that is lifted up to the barrier height and then descended again, or (b) air that flows across the top of a barrier and then descends to the fire groundís elevation. The effect of radiation inversions needs to be considered.


Synoptic picture associated with a foehn event.
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This website is dedicated to bringing forward the latest research findings. They are provided to allow firefighters to be made aware of critical safety issues ahead of the material being included in the national training curriculum.
Material prepared by Rick McRae for AFAC Research Dissemination Pilot Study, March 2012.