Australia’s Drought: A Double Rescue Package

rainHere in South East Queensland (SEQ), that’s the Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast areas, it’s hard to believe that more than two thirds of our state has been drought declared for a while.

The weather has been hot and dry for most of the time, yes, but we have still had a bit of rain here and there. Most of the rest of Queensland and a fair bit of New South Wales haven’t been so lucky though, some haven’t seen rain for over a year.

But then our new (ish) Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, decided to visit some of the worst drought hit areas to talk about the upcoming government relief package to help them through these most testing of times.

And what happened? It started to rain when he got there!

How’s that for a neat trick from our PM?

They’ve been praying for rain for a long time as I mentioned in my post a few months ago called Queensland, Australia: From Flood to Drought. Yesterday, some areas got an absolute deluge, an incredible 8 to 11 inches of glorious rainfall…

There’s still a way to go though, but it’s certainly a start at long last. I checked out the stats for rainfall in some key areas that I mentioned in my post called Storm Season: Wild Weather Arrives in Australia.

At the time of writing that post, November 18 last year, the six outback towns I’m about to mention had just 10.6 mm of rain between them for the 18 days in that month.

So far this month they’ve had:

  • Charleville – 78.4mm
  • Longreach – 70.6mm
  • Birdsville – 8.0mm
  • Winton – 107.6mm
  • Boulia – 37.5mm
  • Kynuna – 104.0mm

That’s over 400 mm of rain between them and although Birdsville are still desperate for rain and Boulia are almost certainly still praying for more, there is now hope.

For sure, some people in the outback are smiling again. They’ve had two rescue packages in a week, one from the government and the other from above.

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