If it doesn’t rain by tomorrow morning, and it’s your not looking like it’s going to, Brisbane will have recorded its driest start to November on record. The record it will beat is 18 days without rain in November of 1915.
Apparently it was also quite dry back in 1842, but as Weather Channel meteorologist Dick Whitaker said “….but we tend to disregard those old records because we don’t think they were taken regularly, which makes them a bit dodgy.”
Exactly one year ago, Brisbane and most of Queensland was being pounded with rain on an almost daily basis, culminating in those floods in January.
What a difference a year makes!
A lot of blame for those floods was levelled at the operators of Wivenhoe Dam for the way they managed, or mismanaged, depending how you looked at it, the release of water to allow a greater capacity for flood mitigation.
There was a big enquiry; this short video will let you know how that went, and also act as a reminder of just how wet it was here less than one year ago.
But now, as I said, the weather is dry, very dry. My grass is already turning brown. But this dry weather is not going to continue, if the ‘experts’ have got it right.
The weather bureau have predicted another wet and wild summer and they have recommended the release of water from Wivenhoe Dam to bring levels down to 75%.
Today, that release begins, rather controversially….
I was one of those who didn’t much care for the way the operators of the dam carried out their business, and I don’t think I’m much keen on what they are doing now either. It seems to me that, like the weather, they have also lurched from one extreme to the other.
But what do I know? Well, I know I’d rather this summer were hot, sunny with clear blue skies and NOT wet and wild.
We will see.