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Note that the Magenta / Red areas are over One Meter of rainfall. And it’s still coming down.
That graph / map is for the “Northern Rain Season 2010” of 1 Oct to 31 Dec. The next graph / map shows it’s still falling into the start of 2011:
On this graph the dark blue is “ONLY” 15 to 20 cm of rain in 4 days. That’s 6 to 8 inches of rain. 2 inches a day, every day.
Graphs made at this site:
In California today, I had sun. Not a lot, just some, but no rain. After a week or so of ‘an inch a day’ of rain, relief.
Right in the middle of feeling sorry for myself, I found that The Weather Channel was talking about the ongoing flooding in Queensland, Australia. They make me look like a wimp in the desert…
TWC said it was between 16 inches and 2 FEET of rain. In ONE month. We’re talking 40 to 60 cm. Based on the above BOM graphs, TWC was understating things.
Say a prayer of hope for those folks.
This article says an area the size of France is flooded:
Australia floods larger than France strand 200,000
– Fri Dec 31, 8:32 am ET
BRISBANE, Australia – Military aircraft dropped supplies to towns cut off by floods in northeastern Australia as the prime minister promised new assistance Friday to the 200,000 people affected by waters covering an area larger than France and Germany combined.
Residents were stocking up on food or evacuating their homes as rising rivers inundated or isolated 22 towns in the state of Queensland.
The L.A. Times has:
Much of the water is spillover from Fairbairn Dam, with a maximum capacity that is five times that of Sydney Harbor. It is at 140% capacity, officials said.
“It’s an enormous wall of water and it’s slowly moving down the state and that’s why some towns are being hit twice,” Red Cross spokesman Michael Gillies Smith said. “Thousands of homes are going to be destroyed and some evacuation centers will be open for a number of weeks.”
Greg Goebel, the Red Cross’ executive director in Queensland, said his organization was rushing to get staff members to towns before the waters cut them off. Although people were returning home where they could, they were finding their residences inundated with mud and silt — and wildlife, he said.
“A lot of snakes have come out,” Goebel said. “Residents have come home to find [highly venomous] red-bellied black snakes and brown snakes. And around Rockhampton there’s certainly going to be an increase in crocodiles in creeks and streams.”
“Country people are quite stoic in Australia, but it’s wearing thin,” he said. “It’s a huge disaster. Some people won’t get home to their homes for at least another week, 10 days.”
On a practical note, it’s cutting shipments of materials from the nation’s mines. Including coal. This could rapidly escalate into power problems elsewhere in Australia and the world:
Coal Stockpiles at Queensland Port ‘Very Low’ on Flood
By Ben Sharples – Jan 3, 2011 9:44 PM GMT-0800
Coal stockpiles at the export harbor of Gladstone in Australia’s Queensland state are “very low” after flooding shut the Blackwater rail network that transports the commodity from mines to the port.
Eighteen ships are outside the harbor waiting to load at the RG Tanna terminal, Acting Chief Executive Officer Craig Walker said in an e-mailed statement today. A further 12 are expected at the port in the next 10 days, Walker said.
The Blackwater rail network, which serves at least 20 mines, remains closed by the flooding, QR National Ltd. Spokesman Mark Hairsine said in an e-mailed statement. BHP Billiton Ltd., Rio Tinto Group and Xstrata Plc are among companies that transport coal on the line to Gladstone.
Each of those stories has much more on the other end of the link, including pictures on the first two.
This is what a true catastrophe looks like. This is what you prepare for, and hope never arrives.
This is also why I use glass jars and sealed cans for storage of my emergency equipment. They survive a flood. They have survived a 7.2 quake. They survive ‘critters’ (that have chewed through some plastic and wooden storage I’ve tried in the past). While I hope no one ever needs them, this is probably a good time to take a moment to think about your emergency preparation equipment, food, and fuel.