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Tim Flannery Foresaw Drought In New South Wales: Sydney Locals See Floods

by | 15th, June 2011

IT’S raining in Sydney, Australia. It’s been chucking it down. The AAP reports: “Flood fears as rain lashes down.”

The Sydney Morning Herald thunders:

About 1500 people have been evacuated from the NSW mid north coast as floodwaters continue to rise.

And you might recall when Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery in 2005 told us that New South Wales was to be hit by drought:

But since 1998 particularly, we’ve seen just drought, drought, drought, and particularly regions like Sydney and the Warragamba catchment – if you look at the Warragamba catchment figures, since ‘98, the water has been in virtual freefall, and they’ve got about two years of supply left, but something will need to change in order to see the catchment start accumulating water again…. So when the models start confirming what you’re observing on the ground, then there’s some fairly strong basis for believing that we’re understanding what’s causing these weather shifts and these rainfall declines, and they do seem to be of a permanent nature

Well, the worst-case scenario for Sydney is that the climate that’s existed for the last seven years continues for another two years. In that case, Sydney will be facing extreme difficulties with water.

Well, he got that bit right. Of cours, if the rains get really bad, tyou can blame that on man-made global warming as well:

Two studies today’s issue of the journal Nature link heavy rains to increases in greenhouse gases more than ever before.

More data here

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