Torrential rains in Australia shock climate change experts
IT’S chucking it down in New Sourth Wales, Austrailia.
The weather bureau has warned of severe thunderstorms with very heavy rain and possible flash flooding accompanied by damaging winds on Saturday in NSW covering an area stretching from Port Macquarie and Tamworth over Newcastle and Sydney as far south as Nowra in the south and Orange in the west.
What sayeth the experts?
The Sydney Morning Herald in 2008:
IT MAY be time to stop describing south-eastern Australia as gripped by drought and instead accept the extreme dry as permanent, one of the nation’s most senior weather experts warned yesterday.
“Perhaps we should call it our new climate,” said the Bureau of Meteorology’s head of climate analysis, David Jones…. There is a debate in the climate community, after … close to 12 years of drought, whether this is something permanent. Certainly, in terms of temperature, that seems to be our reality, and that there is no turning back….”
David Jones to the University of East Anglia in 2007:
Truth be know, climate change here is now running so rampant that we don’t need meteorological data to see it. Almost everyone of our cities is on the verge of running out of water and our largest irrigation system (the Murray Darling Basin is on the verge of collapse…