There is a fascinating lake in southern Australia. It is a salt pan much of the time. About twice per century it fills up. When it does, a riot of life breaks out. It has partial fillings on a more frequent basis, but still, the rate of evaporation is such that it usually rapidly dries out.
Gives these dates for when it has been filled:
Lake Eyre is normally dry; it fills completely only an average of twice in a century, but partial, minor fillings happen much more often. When completely filled (as in 1950, 1974, and 1984), the lake takes about two years to dry up again.
Those dates are reputed to be connected to the phase of the Indian Ocean Dipole. The last decade there had been a horrible drought in the region. Predictions were that the drought would be permanent as part of “Global Warming”.
Well, a strange thing happened on the way to perpetual disaster. It started to rain. First in 2011. Continuing in 2012.
Now Lake Eyre is even starting to fill. No, not “full” yet. But certainly adding water, and for two years in a row. 1950+25=1975 1950+35=1985. Take 1985+25= 2010 just as 1975+35=2010. Sure looking like about a 25 to 35 year cycle…
So now we have the lakes filling. It’s raining like crazy in a lot of places (from the Philippines to Taiwan and the UK to Queensland). Instead of simply saying “we have a 30 year rain / drought cycle”, the Warmistas are asserting this is some kind of “Climate Chaos” and “Extreme Weather”. Perhaps it is just a normal cycle that exceeds their attention span…
At any rate, some interesting stories about it:
Lake Eyre to Boost Tourism
Thursday, 3 February 2011
A flourishing Lake Eyre will provide a small mercy in the Queensland flood aftermath, with the lake expected to fill for the first time since 1974.
Lake at Dead Heart of the Nation Comes Alive
Sunday, 13 February 2011
FOR every summer in living memory, Lake Eyre’s water level has been extremely low, if not empty. But now the giant lake in South Australia’s usually dry outback is slowly filling to capacity…
Lake Eyre Set To Flood In 2012
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
FOR those that read the last update in our eNews you will probably recall we said that yes, Lake Eyre will see water in 2012 but not the volumes seen in 2011 – unless there is significant localised rainfall
Latest Status with nice map from the Lake Eyre Yacht Club (yes, they actually have one… I presume they spend a few decades practicing in the sand for their once every few years water…
All in all, an interesting place to watch as an “indicator”. My take on it is the Lake is saying “it’s getting cold again”. I note that the last we times were generally cold times too (though 1984 was more neutral).
If Lake Eyre continues to fill, and perhaps even reaches full flood, IMHO that says we’ve taken the turn to the cold side and are seeing physical results.