ABARES is the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences – they are having their annual conference on 4 – 5 March. The ABC has just posted this story – Drought takes its toll on the soil – Featuring this map which compares the upper layer soil moisture from January 2014 with readings [...]
The ABC page – Interactive: 100 years of drought in Australia – should open in a separate window. Here is a chart of Australian rain anomalies 1900-2013 – it is obvious that the much ballyhooed Millenium Drought was a pussy of a drought Australia wide compared to the obviously dry years from 1910 right up [...]
Leaky pipes are small beer compared to the ~Billion GL lost since late 1990′s by not managing catchment bush. I have written often on this issue over many years – Update 39 years of Perth dam catchment rain index 1975-2013 – has links to my letter and reply from WA Water Minister – plus some [...]
Could it be because there is little drought impacting WA just now? Not to mention – Western Australian grain farmers have delivered the state’s biggest harvest in history
Drought-hit farmers get chance to show Tony Abbott parched communities first hand – Lets review a decade of rain history – OK 2013 was a dry year – but 2012 was better than average for a majority of Qld – NSW ag regions but 2011 was even better and 2010 was tune up the outboard [...]
Or did this pattern arise by chance. There have been various papers over decades claiming rain can be enhanced by urban areas. I drew attention to a similar pattern for Melbourne Christmas 2011. BoM Australia Rainfall and River Conditions page where you can drill down for rain over the last 48hrs. Even the next hour [...]
Much of our national infrastructure that we all take for granted – could never be built today against Green opposition.
I was reminded of this when reading the Mighty River Power www site with illustration of the hydro-electric dams on the Waikato River – the majority built more than 50 years ago.
And built [...]
My eye was caught by this media today in the SMH – Drought relief: $7.6m for Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett – 21 Nov 13 Quote – Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said producers were dealing with “extraordinarily difficult circumstances” which had left farmers and rural townships “very stressed”. “North-west of our state is undergoing a very serious [...]
I first heard this on ABC radio this morning – then this headline appeared online – Drought-affected grazier in western Queensland says shooting cattle the only humane option. Including this quote – “…xxxxxx’s station near Hughenden, east of Mount Isa, has not seen decent rain for three years…” This panel of 3 maps shows rain [...]
This news item caught my eye – Dangerous behaviour as people canoe on the Harvey Dam which could overflow any moment – Seems counter what we would expect in view of the decade long propaganda from WA water authorities about low dam levels – “our drying climate” slogans – rain never filling our dams – [...]