10 March 2012

Weather Extremes

17 Adar 5772

Weather extremes worldwide continue to increase and grow in intensity.

NSW floods: Worse to come, warns minister

Communities remain on tenterhooks as a fresh wave of rain threatens homes and property in NSW's southwest, central west and suburban Sydney.

"We have a damages bill at the moment that my guys are telling me is heading way north of $500 million,'' Mr Gay told ABC radio today.

"And sadly we're in a La Nina and the weather forecasters are telling me that April will be the worst that we've faced yet.''

No ordinary downpour, the equal wettest on record
NSW has sloshed through its equal wettest week since records were first kept after "extraordinary" weather dumped unprecedented rain across the state, forcing thousands to flee their homes.

New data from the Bureau of Meteorology released yesterday showed an average 123.9 millimetres of rain fell across the state last week - a deluge not seen since January 1974.

...The bureau described the rain as "extraordinary''.

"It is very rare to have such persistent, record-breaking rainfall over such large areas of NSW and Victoria," said the NSW Climate Manager, Aaron Coutts-Smith.

...Residents of Sydney, the Illawarra, the Hunter and on the south coast were on high alert last night on predictions of more heavy rain, thunderstorms and flash flooding.

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