Australia’s Worst Drought Ending After Rains

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rain.jpgFinally, some good climate news from down under:

It is finally raining in eastern Australia, turning outback dustbowls into inland seas and beginning to end the country’s worst drought in 100 years.

Dams are filling, farmers are hoping for their best crops in years and food prices are stabilising as a La Nina weather pattern washes away drought which has persisted since 2002.

A senior weather official told Reuters that recent rains had already ended the drought in some areas — the closest the bureau has come to declaring an end to the drought.

“Short-term droughts are becoming confined to increasingly restricted areas,” senior weatherman Blair Trewin said.

Many areas are still in drought, including Australia’s main foodbowl the Murray-Darling Basin.

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4 Responses to Australia’s Worst Drought Ending After Rains

  1. David B. Benson says:

    The La NIna weathr pattern will end in May or thereabouts. Is it then back to drought for the Aussies?

  2. Johnnyb says:

    David,

    its impossible to know when the La Nina is going to end. Most experts agree at the La Nina will last at least until may, but more than half of the models predict that the La Nina will last into the summer and maybe even autumn. Unlike El Ninos, La Ninas can last for years in some cases they are recorded to last up to 3 years.

    The thing is that this is not merely are part of a short term weather phenomena, but the first of a shift of the PDO into a negative phase, which will last for decades. Making La Ninas more common that El Ninos, just the opposite of what happened in 1978, the last time the PDO shifted.

    Australia’s climate, and the World’s, will most likely return to something more like 1950-1978, where the weather commonly associated with la Nina will become more dominate, while El Ninos will become weaker and less frequent.

  3. David B. Benson says:

    Jonnyb — Thank you for yourexplanation and prediction.