The ABC reports – Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest calls for harvesting of rivers, underground aquifers to droughtproof agricultural areas. They report – “Mr Forrest wants to droughtproof Australia.” It reads to me like a push to exploit water resources in the north of Australia and I am sure more could be done along those lines. The coalition was talking about using northern water resources in early 2013 – that seems to have sunk lately.
Good luck to Mr Forrest pushing his ideas but we are light years from achieving sensible water reforms. The Murray Darling Basin plan still proposes to waste huge amounts of water to flush the Murray mouth, pandering to South Australia.
Just look at the waste of Melbourne water supply Thomson Dam water by environmental flows – 35% through the dryer years 2002-2009. Any proposal in the north will meet trenchant opposition from several well known quarters. I doubt any serious projects could get up with our MSM so GreenLeft.
I just hope people in power are listening to the farmers who want an end to the green nonsense of pushing for more water to be wasted down to the sea.
Farmers warn Murray Darling Basin Plan needs to end, but scientists say signs of river system recovery on display
Abolishing the Murray Darling Basin Commission would be a plus.
A major rain event starting in Alice Springs ~7th and running about a week destroyed the BoM dry prediction. I have not seen a reason quoted for that – did the jetstream wobble – for sure the moonsoon belt fired up to the south. I wonder how useful this rain Outlook was.
January rain Outlook
January actual rain percentages – you can make maps of other parameters
Recently the BoM started including monthly Outlook maps – not sure why but there you go.
The December rain Outlook did not turn out so flash either – a few earlier months were better.
But January has little hope already at day 10 and still raining over vast areas. For larger maps –
The BBC is carrying – South Australia fires: Hopes rise of halting Adelaide blaze – I thought the area was getting its second day with some rain to help firefighters.
At the exact same time the ABC is reporting the BoM – Weather bureau warns South Australia could experience heaviest rainfall in 30 years –
I was away all yesterday in the boondocks and heard on the car radio news of the Brisbane storms with hail and damage. Brisbane smashed by storm super cell: Premier calls in Army to help with clean-up –
I just post this map of rain up to 9am on the 28th (recorded up to 4am) to float the idea again that the urban heat island can attract rain. The mechanism could be due to the man made increased albedo contrasts accentuating the formation of convective storm cells. I am interested to see what readers think. I realize there is a greater concentration of rain gauges in SE Queensland.
I have had previous posts on this subject but not on Brisbane. In February I posted – Did the Adelaide urban heat island (UHI) increase rain there last night? and there is a link there to an example from Melbourne. I am sure I have read of examples from books and published papers.
Funny that this dam often overflows – 2013 overflow events – yet the nearby Perth water supply dams are near useless – I wonder why? Surely it could not be such a simple thing as managing catchment vegetation sensibly? In 2012 I wrote to the WA Minister on this issue – my letter and his reply is here.
Phew – our politicians are quietly working. Australian Commonwealth National Water Commission under threat from Federal Government budget cuts – did they ever produce a litre of water?
Just a bunch of too-green-climate-change-saluting-doomsters – Wentworth Group followers – pushers for more expensive water – pushers for high environmental flows – did they ever speak out against anti-damism? – shut them down. We need public servants working to bring water to the people, agriculture and industry at the best cost. How radical is that?
Like resources – water is a State issue anyway – not Federal. The NWC is just another ill considered Howard Govt initiative that seemed like a good idea at the time. While they are at it – the Murray Darling Basin Authority should be pared back to the barest essentials or done away with – another useless water quango.
This eye catching prediction encapsulated in this doomster chart from their full page press advert 7 July 2007 –
can be contrasted with actual rainfall since then. Plenty of rainfall to have avoided wasting $Billions on seawater desalination.
Update 39 years of Perth dam catchment rain index 1975-2013 – see links there to my letter to WA Minister and his reply.
The strange media statement by Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – The Honourable John McVeigh – fits right into the rich tradition going back many years of strange statements on the subject of rain and drought made by Australian politicians and indeed water authorities who should know better. Some examples –
In 2008 – New South Wales Premier Rees says Tamworth was in drought but BoM maps say no drought near Tamworth
In 2007 – W.A. Govt propaganda takes water supply “post rain”
In 2007 – West Australian Premier talks utter nonsense about rainfall
BTW – note Queensland rain percentages of average for February 2014 – then ask yourself how The Honourable John McVeigh could sign off on his media release linked above.