We’ve got good and bad in today’s post and it’s all about wild weather.
You’ll remember that just before Christmas a fierce Tornado Ripped through Sydney’s South, well there’s been little relief from the extreme weather conditions since then. As Australia goes through, apparently, A Godzilla of an El Niño, we were supposed to be getting less rainfall and an increased risk of bushfires.
Strangely, parts of Queensland and New South Wales have not had less rainfall.
In outback Queensland, this was very good news.
Sadly, that’s the end of the good news, it all goes downhill from here.
New South Wales
Severe flooding hits Newcastle and Hunter Valley.
Unfortunately, unlike Queensland and NSW, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia have had that increased risk of bushfires.
South Australia ended the year with a heatwave and a bushfire at Mosquito Hill in the Fleurieu Peninsula was contained and roads reopened. Victoria and Western Australia were not so lucky though.
The Great Ocean Road is an amazing tourist drive, I’ve driven it myself. You can take a virtual drive if you wish, simply by watching the video on my post called Take a Ride Along The Great Ocean Road.
Sadly that road was closed on Christmas Day as 116 houses were lost to a bushfire.
And right now, as I am writing this, a massive bushfire is racing through Western Australia about 130 km south of Perth. The small town of Yarloop has taken the worst of it so far with an estimated loss of 95 houses.
It has been reported that there were flames up to 50 metres high and it took just seven minutes for this bushfire to wipe out the whole town.
Amazingly, as I understand it, no lives have been lost in any of these bushfires so far; let’s hope everyone remains safe for the rest of the bushfire season.
Of course, Australia isn’t the only place that gets wild weather.
This is York, an historic town in the UK’s north. When Brisbane flooded in 2011, there was huge debate over how Wivenhoe Dam levels were managed and most people believed it was the releasing of water from that dam was the cause of most of the flooding.
In York, I understand some kind of electrical problem led to the flood barrier gates being opened which in turn has led to the worst flooding in the area for around 15 years.
How is El Niño treating you where you are?