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.
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.