Originally Posted by Dreamin
Gosh, I sure hope not. But weather patterns around the world seem to me to be unusual this year.
They have been becoming unusual for quite some time. The predictions for climate change long ago saw my area becoming drier and warmer. I've been watching a long time.
It might be inconvenient but it is the truth.
We have had droughts but in my time they have become more frequent and for longer periods.
2010 saw the breaking of what was for me, 19 years of lower than average rainfall periods. Lake Eyre filled and that in itself is a rare event. It filled again in 2012. which was twice in 100 years. We have had what Mark would call, bugger all since.
This year to this day:
Average rainfall to Sep 297.4mm 58.3 day(s)
Total for 2018 97.4mm 48 day(s)
Total to this day 2017 166.0mm 59 day(s)
Wettest day 10.0mm Jun 28
Lowest temperature -4.5°C Aug 29
Highest temperature 45.7°C Jan 7
Wettest this month 5.8mm 1st
Total this month 8.0mm 2 day(s)
Long-term average 34.5mm 7.7 day(s)
Wettest on record 156.6mm 2016
Driest on record 2.2mm 2007
We have what we call dry area and irrigated agriculture. The difference is awsome to perceive. The dry area farmers know that they can make money out of mud but that dust cannot slake any thirst.
Ps. Don't take the copied off the internet records as the whole truth. "on record" pertains only to what has been punched in.
Anyway, so it isn't as dry as it was in this month in 2007 but in 2010, so much water came inland into mainland Australia as to actually lower the rising sea levels that are constantly monitored.
I recall that my dad used to say, "they predicted sunshine, you should take an umbrella". Though climate modelling has improved out of sight since then, the one thing that stands out is that when discusssing the way the climate is changing, the outcome is mostly to expect unpredictable events, more often.