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.
Image 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.