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May 17, 2021

Drought breaks records – again!

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The drought in parts of northeast New South Wales and southeast Queensland since January is officially the worst on record since 1900, while other areas have had total rainfall figures that are half the average.

The problem is even worse on and west of the Border Ranges, where rainfall since January 2017 – all 32 months combined –  is the lowest on record.

In case you didn’t already know, warmer than average daytime temperatures, very low humidity, and gusty winds have led to dangerous fire weather conditions in much of the region since 6 September.

Below average rainfall in that same time has increased fire risk and the bureau says the prolonged drought means dry soil and vegetation have become excellent bushfire fuel.

The full report is available online.


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7 COMMENTS

  1. So many of us are NOT surprised by the ‘special
    climate statement.’ The worst on record since
    1900…

    SUMMIT

    A chorus of black-birds:
    the eye
    of the sky

  2. Unfortunately unsurprising, and closely following all scientific predictions of an increasingly warmer and weather pattern under the changed climate scenario.

    And how long before barrow and the usual gang of nonsensical sceptic trolls start posting to claim yet again the figures are fabricated, the BOM is corrupt, weather stations have been moved to airport tarmacs, it’s a plot by either NASA or China, not caused by coal, there was a warmer period once before etc etc and all their usual science-denying, incorrect and evidence-free rubbish?

    I’ll give it 2 hours.

  3. Thats since 1900
    .
    therefor not the worst on record….

    I’ve seen it drier at this time of year not all that long ago where there was no water in the creeks at our place

    • Peter.

      98% of NSW is in drought and Tweed and Byron are the 2 % but ready to fall ! Im sure this area has seen worst but NSW as a collective is in its worst drought since 1900.

  4. I think science has already proven that greenhouse gasses of which there are many, and some much worse than CO2, do indeed trap solar heat. Science has also proven that CO2 levels are way higher than the pre industrial level due to humans, and with that there are a myriad of knock on effects including rain not falling where or when, or in the quantities it used to, and yet many world leaders and millions of people are in denial. Just this week scientists have warned that ice melt and perma frost melt is accelerating and billions of tons of the potent green house gas methane will be released as perma frost melts. The world is on the cusp of an irreversible warming feedback loop where more warming produces more greenhouse gas which produces increased warming and year on year the cost and effort to reverse this multiplies and still politicians and ordinary people are in denial.

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