A wave that could drown the world part 2: three years of continuous “record” flooding in Victoria

Taralgon flooded (source: Herald Sun)

It was only February of last year when Victoria was reeling from record flooding. I even managed to capture some of it on video.

A little more than 12 months later, history repeats itself as a month’s equivalent of rain fell in a single day:

More than a month’s rain in one day has triggered flooding, power blackouts, storm damage and road closures throughout eastern Victoria.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Terry Ryan said the region around Traralgon had received 200 millimetres of rain in the 24 hours to 9am this morning. An SES spokesman said in some areas this was more than 1.5 times the monthly average

Some claim they have never seen anything like it:

Mr McGibbony said large areas of Gippsland had received 100-150 millimetres in a 24-hour period, and some locations had received more. ”It’s a fairly significant event and many places have received between one and two times the average monthly June rainfall in just 24 hours.”

The mayor of Latrobe City Council, Ed Vermeulen, said he had never seen flooding like it in the community. ”It’s the worst flooding I have seen in all my lifetime here,” he said. ”I have lived here 60 years.”

Or perhaps we could recall 2010 when similar floods hit the state?

Nor is it just my little corner of the globe.

Temperature records across the US have been smashed in the warmest Spring on record. At this very moment a  massive mega-fire visible from space rages in New Mexico.

On the 29 May 2012, Greenland experienced its highest ever May temperature – 24.8c.

That hotbed of socialism the International Energy Association stated that CO2 emissions hit a record high 2011. In the words of their chief economist:

“I think it would be unrealistic to think that there will be major breakthroughs very soon,” IEA chief economist Faith Birol told Reuters. He also said, soberingly, that “When I look at this data, the trend is perfectly in line with a temperature increase of 6 degrees Celsius (by 2050), which would have devastating consequences for the planet.”

Fire, flood and drought are nothing new. But as emissions and temperatures rise, we are seeing new extremes in temperature and precipitation.

Welcome to the new normal.  


5 thoughts on “A wave that could drown the world part 2: three years of continuous “record” flooding in Victoria

  1. Ted doesn’t get it, it’s going to take a massive power outage for a number of days (or boycott of Victorian products) before Baillieu and his rabble get the message, even then he won’t make life easy for renewables.

  2. john byatt says:

    Andrew Powell said he believed the climate was warming and humans needed to stop polluting and reduce their reliance on non-renewable energy sources.

    But he said he was “sceptical” human activity was to blame for all the changes.

    “I think I represent a view that is fairly consistent across a certain percentage of the population, that until I’m 100 per cent convinced I’m always going to be a bit sceptical,” he said, speaking during a press conference at Newmarket.

    He was backed by Premier Campbell Newman, who first registered “surprise” that Mr Powell had been questioned over his stance.

    “I mean the sea-level rise predictions have changed constantly over the last 15 years and I think that’s what he’s saying,” Mr Newman said.

    Andrew Powell is the new Queensland minister for climate change science and policy.

    Newman is the new premier.

  3. Christine says:

    Yikes. Australia really is one of the front lines of climate change. And yet, as John’s comment above illustrates, the human tendency to think short, not long, term still holds sway.
    Paul Gilding, one of your countrymen, says we humans are slow but not stupid. Sure hope he’s right.

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