Did the Adelaide urban heat island (UHI) increase rain there last night?

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 […]

We should all give thanks for our nation building pioneers

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 […]

Short term drought in North West New South Wales after several good years – $Millions paid out by Govt.

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 […]

Example where media statements are wildly at odds with rainfall history

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 […]

Some dams in South West of Western Australia are overflowing now

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 – […]

Error reporting September rain in Perth

This Yahoo news item 23 Sep 2013 – Strong winds bring down trees and powerlines in Perth and South West – says at the end – [The Bureau of Meteorology says the front will hit early this evening and last most of the night. The Perth metropolitan area has recorded its wettest September for more […]

Update 39 years of Perth dam catchment rain index 1975-2013

Will update the chart from time to time till end October. Blue line is a 5 year average – the average of all 39 years is 909mm. There are several links to earlier relevant information in this May 2013 article – Ongoing decline in efficiency of Perth Dam catchments – reply from WA Minister Prof […]

Much of Perth and wheatbelt region gets September average rain before the month is half through

But do you see this reported in the mainstream media ? I can not see an article but there have been plenty when rain is lacking. Map made here, select Month to date – and Rainfall Percentages See from early August – Strange media statement about Perth rainfall


Michael Smith News.com uncovering fascinating details touching on history of seawater desalination in Australia

Starting on 26 August Michael Smith has a series of articles relating interesting history of Labor personalities over a decade or more associated with the water industry and the introduction of large scale seawater desalination to major Australian cities. Newest on top. This is a long term interest of mine and I just wanted the […]

University of Colorado research claims Australian rainfall in 2010-2011 lowered global sea levels

My attention has been drawn to this new research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and I have had a quick check of some of the facts. Australia is 1.5% of global area – so 98.5% of the globe is also available to cause fluctuations in sea level. Australia contributes 1% of […]