Down Under is Wet Around The Middle
I’m sure the ‘warmers’ will try to paint this as some kind of “climate catastrophe”, but I’m more interested in what it says about heat flow. All that water falling as rain means that it condensed up high and dumped heat. Furthermore, it will be lowering the surface temperatures all over the outback as it evaporates (to return to the sky again, to dump more heat in the upper atmosphere, and fall again as rain).
What we are seeing here is a direct manifestation of the increased heat flow off planet.
Yes, it will take a while for the oceans to cool enough (they are much more massive than the small amount of water that fell as rain) to show a big impact. But it’s very clear which way the heat is flowing. Out of the oceans, to the tops of clouds, and away. Leaving hail and rain to fall, cooling the land, and repeating until the oceans have cooled too.
The hydrologic cycle showing it’s dominance of CO2, writ large in Australia.
Here is a “live chart” that will change as the months go by:
h/t to Bob of Castlemaine
In this article in WUWT:
Bob of Castlemaine pointed to this map of rain. He had some interesting things to say in his comment.
Bob of Castlemaine says:
October 16, 2010 at 12:44 am
Unseasonal snow falls in S E Australia. Snow falls down to 500 metres have been reported in parts of Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania with temperatures down to 15 deg C below average for this time of year.
Also, after our prolonged drought, rainfall in this part of the world has been above average for most of the country since around July 2009, with the last couple of months rainfall in many areas double the LTA.
Wonder if all the “Doom and Gloom” over the prolonged drought and how it spelt ‘Global Warming Undoubtedly’ will now be rescinded by the Chicken Little Warmers? Nah…
He had two links embedded in that text. The second takes you to the Australian BOM maps above. The first to an article about the late season unseasonable snows:
Cold snap brings snow to Victoria
Updated Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:53am AEDT
Springtime snow covers the road between Kinglake and Kinglake West. […]
Snow has fallen in parts of Victoria as the state shivers through a cold snap. Temperatures plummeted as a cold front brought heavy rain, strong winds and snow flurries. The Bureau of Meteorology’s Richard Carlyon says snow has fallen down to 500 metres overnight.
“We’ve had reports from Mt Dandenong, possible snow around the Kinglake Ranges and also around Ballarat there’s likely to be some snow flurries,” he said. “The alpine areas are very cold indeed, around about minus seven degrees, so there’s been some snow in the high country as well.” Kinglake resident Ashley Richard says he woke to a blanket of snow. “Measuring off the street out the front of the road, there’s 40 millimetres of snow on the road, just putting a ruler into the ground,” he said. […] Jim Young lives at Fawcett, near Alexandra, and says it is been snowing for some time. “It’s amazing, we woke up to snow, looking out the window the hills here on the farm they’re all sort of covered with snow,” he said. “The hills all of a sudden have brightened up, it looks pretty beautiful actually. “There’s a mob of sheep just up past this windmill and they’ve got the snow on their backs. Amazing.”
“Amazing”. Yeah, I’d say that sounds like something a bit unexpected.
Meanwhile, the state’s north-east is still on flood-watch after rainfall of 50 to 90 millimetres. Mr Carlyon says there are still flood warnings in place. “The main flood warnings are out for the north-east, including a major flood warning for the upper Murray,” he said.
That would be the “Murray” where they were bemoaning the lack of water due to drought (that was actually more due to the dams and their operation…) Wonder if they will now retract all those scary scary stories about an evaportating Murray from Global Warming?
IMHO, this is just what happens when a major shift of cycles takes place. We had a 30 year ‘hot and dry’ (that had followed a 30 year ‘cold’, that itself had followed an earlier 1930’s dustbowl hot and dry in the USA). And that cycle is now over. We’re headed into the next 30 year cycle that will be “cold and wet”. (Which some of us predicted a year or two ago) and now what have we got?
Cold and wet.
Expect more of it. A couple of decades, at least.