Chrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1069 posts, RR: 8 Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2172 times:
With Melbourne experiencing temperatures of over 36c(97f) yesterday in the middle of October, water storage for the city is at 45.1% and rapidly declining. Much of the state and Australia is already in the worst drought ever recorded, climate change or just a normal cycle? In any case the situation is dire, everyone is affected. Thoughts?
"Such a long period with no decent rain is unprecedented for Melbourne," said senior climatologist Andrew Watkins from the bureau's National Climate Centre. "The previous record was six years in a row of below average rainfall, from 1979 to 1984. Ten years is really entering unfamiliar territory."
Indeed it is but it doesn't help when both the state and the federal governments take a long time to realise what is really happening particular people in rural areas. IMO they have taken a long time to respond to this situation.
Bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2128 times:
Government is being reactive rather the proactive and even then the reaction is taking along time to happen. We hear about how were running out of water every day, yet no one seems willing to commit to anything.
Zkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4836 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2081 times:
I was in SYD last month and it was over 30deg for 3 days straight... in September!!! Went to the beach and people were swimming even!
Back there next week again... hopefully not too hot... 30deg is nice 40deg is not
AirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2412 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2056 times:
Hmm it's like its the worst drought ever every time I read about an Australian drought. I was there during the (european) summer 2005, and while I was there, it started raining but everyone was so happy about it because it was the first rain for months
Aussie18 From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1747 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2044 times:
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If only the government decided to build a new dam for NSW 20yrs or even 10yrs ago when it was the worst drought ever in 96/97 for NSW we might not be shit deep in tough water restrictions and our major dam under 40% ...They um and argh every week over building new dams for the states but so far nothing and by the time they make up their mine they"ll have no water to mix the cement!
They have suggested recyling water from Sewerage,Build DeSalination plant,Using ships running on Solar from Tasmania to ship water across the tasman and drilling into the Warragamba Dam where they found some extra water but so far nothing has happened.'
Oh well just gives the fuel companies a new reason to Jack the prices up 30%....Blame the drought for higher fuel prices!
this very costly and not environmentally friendly and maybe the last option available for the government. Its not only up to the government to find solutions but also the citizens to conserve water E.G - rainwater tanks water saving taps and limiting usage where possible
Quoting Aussie18 (Reply 19): If only the government decided to build a new dam for NSW 20yrs or even 10yrs ago when it was the worst drought ever in 96/97 for NSW
Normal cycle. In West Texas, we had a prolonged drought through the last half of the 90's and first half of the 00's but the rainfall has been back above average now for the past two years. Don't worry, it'll turn around and your reservoirs will fill up again.
Where their building all those Housing estates across NSW....no point building them when their isnt much water left,We need something put in place ASAP as our politicans are still living in 90's when population was like 3million and in 2006 its almost 7million.
Melpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1631 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1997 times:
Quoting Bill142 (Reply 14): Yes. If it stays this way, it's going to be a very hot summer
It's looking that way. Bushfire season has also had an early start, wouldn't want to be living in the hills this summer. Had to have the air con cranked up driving home yesterday, way too hot for October here in Melbourne.....
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Essendon - Whatever it takes......
: One does have to be concerned with the possibility of long term affects upon natural cycles from global warming, including very hot or extended dry co
: Yes and another hot day again up here. This is not good at all
: What good is building a new dam now when were not getting the rain to fill it up? All are options. The desal plant has been talked about for the last
: Where the experts told them to! and where they even have most of the land necessary, legislation in place and an enviromental impact statement done!
: Its 19 degrees C (81F) right now in Adelaide..nice weather. We had a bit of rain yesterday, but we have permanent water restrictions in place here...t
: Another interesting article http://news.independent.co.uk/world/australasia/article1870837.ece Fires and worst drought in 100 years wake Australia up
: Many of these fire were started by stupid arsonist Not doubt. We should start to do more in relation to water conservation
: And yet "Climate Change" (what a stupid American euphemism) is still not really recognised by Johnny Howard and his big business mates. It's all busin
: The weather is getting worse in many parts of the world. I know in China there has been major droughts up north. The weather is in for a big change...
: And the smoke dosn't help things either as it deteriorates the atmosphere, yet they insist on controlled burns. If the f'n hippies didn't insist on t
: Some are started by some lame ass pyschopaths who get a thrill out of starting a fire and watching it burn out of control and have no remorse if hous
: Or sometimes the fires are just caused by clumsy people.
: life is a bit to harsh IMHO though the state government did introduce laws couple years about this issue.
: There are a few things that I don't understand. As far as I know some coastal cities from other countries use sea water to flush their toilet, but why
: The political agenda gets in the way. Government isn't willing to fork out to do it, and private industry sees no benefit. The end result is, were al
: Summer storms, what are they again? We hardly ever have them anymore Especially with all of the money pouring in with the GST..... how much was the s
: Yes people have to be when their Politicians are cowardly, lacklustre, and inept. Whatever happened to cloud "seeding"? Did some bright phd spark pro
: I know ive seen plenty over last few years and their predicting some for this year as well,not the best storms to experience.
: It's a whole lot more effective then a desal plant.
: Not in Melbourne, we have so many "dry" cool changes in summer now. The days of a nice thunderstorm in the afternoon hardly happen any more
: Well, were I live in CFS, our damn is up to around 97% and it's raining as I type.
: Don't agree with you here - I think 4WDs should be banned and only human-powered vehicles should be able to explore the backcountry, ie bicycles and
: Tell that to the owners of those 300 homes which were lost here in 2003 during the bush fires because fire trails had grown over and there was only a
: I'm just back from Ayers Rock. It was raining two days back and I was told that I was lucky to see that as it happens only few times a year. Despite t
: Well today we had some rain here in Sydney and a lot more need to end this current drought