Queensland, Australia: From Flood to Drought

On Monday of this week we had the first significant rainfalls in Brisbane for something like 75 days. Where I live in the western suburbs of Brisbane I can’t even remember it raining in the last 75 days, and I have to say that everything in the garden is looking a little browned off.

Here in south-east Queensland though, we are very lucky to have at least had some rain in the last few months. In Outback Queensland things haven’t been so good. Many are already calling it the worst drought in a lifetime.

First though, let’s go back a little bit in time to a place called Charleville, which is about 500 kilometres or so west of Brisbane. This is how it looked in March 2010…

Things were looking decidedly different by August 2013, just three and a half years later. A few weeks ago some of the residents of Charleville met up to literally pray for rain.

praying for rainImage source ABC.net.au

If emu’s understand the concept of praying, they’d be joining them as well. Not so far away, in outback terms anyway, Longreach is also suffering from the drought and so are the local birds. They’ve taken to marching into town to look for water…

Right now, today, 60% of Queensland has been declared to be in drought covering 25 councils; the words “one extreme to another” spring to mind.

Come on storm season, we are waiting, do your stuff.

Update: please note that the second video in this article is different from the original due to its removal from YouTube.

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  • Anne Carlin September 27, 2013, 9:07 pm | Link

    Hi Bob

    I really like your website, seeing Australia through new eyes. I have lived all over country NSW and 10 years on the Northern Beaches in Sydney. 10 years in wonderful Brunswick Heads and 16 years in Brisbane. The last 6 years in a delightful little seaside village just north of Bundaberg. I have lived through so many harsh weather patterns. The reason I’m responding to this blog post is to warn you to be careful what you wish for. Last Jan we hadn’t had rain for 5 months and my garden was wilting then dying. I was praying for rain. Yes, yes, yes the rain was coming. I posted on FB and Twitter….. Bring it on. Well we all know what happened. The worst floods in history… even worse than the year before which were the worst in history. I feel personally responsible and I wouldn’t want you to bear the same burden of guilt. 🙂

    • BobinOz September 30, 2013, 2:08 pm | Link

      Hi Anne, good to hear from you, and really glad that you like my website. You’ve made a good point, the problem here with so many diverse weather conditions is that it’s difficult to know exactly what to pray for, maybe our prayers should stipulate exactly how much rain we want 🙂

      “Dear Lord, please bring us rain, but not too much eh?”

      Cheers, Bob

  • Obi September 23, 2013, 9:30 am | Link

    Whoa! That is extreme! Hope you guys will be alright.

    • BobinOz September 23, 2013, 6:43 pm | Link

      We’ll be better when it rains a bit.

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