As they say, “When it rains, it pours”.
I have no intention of turning this blog into The Weather Channel, (as I said last winter) but over this last week or so the talk here has been all about the weather. I’ve already mentioned the towns that have been flooded in south-west Queensland, but following events of the weekend, it’s clear that this rain thing is spreading.
Last year, Melbourne went more than 30 days without rain. The official figures show that in January 2009 they had 1 mm of rain, in February it was 3 mm and finally, in March they were delighted to see 39 mm of rain during the month.
But this March, they got all of the rain they received between January and March of last year, and more, much much more, in just two days.
In fact, I believe most of it fell within an hour, like this. It starts slowly, but stick with it….
Here in Australia it’s been called the “Big Wet”. I think some western areas of France know all about “le grande pluie” aswell, they got hit along with parts of Spain and Portugal just last month.
In Melbourne and the surrounding areas, already 20,000 insurance claims have gone in, so there’s quite a few people who were not so delighted to see the rains fall THIS March. Here, Brisbane’s Wivenhoe, Somerset and North Pine dams are at 93.8 per cent as water continues to pour in. I’ve never known it so high.
Yes, it seems we’ve got us some global wetting.