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State of the drought – New South Wales , South Australia, Northern territory, Western Australia

State of the drought shows dams empty and NSW drowning in dust  ABC Weather By Kate Doyle 12 Mar 19, It’s not good. Not good at all.

The hot dry summer has stripped the soils of moisture, water storages are down in every state and territory, and New South Wales is drowning in dust.

Key points:

  • Water stores are down in every state and territory
  • Keepit dam is empty and Dubbo’s dam could be empty by 2020
  • A hot and dry summer has exacerbated low soil moisture, with a dry autumn forecast

So far this drought has been short but hard-hitting. The coming cold season will be a test of that descriptor.

Last year’s national farm production was down on the bumper year of 2016, but a good year in the west, decent prices and some moisture last summer softened the blow.

But with widespread low soil moisture, the pressure is on the arrival of cool-season rain.

The heat is making things worse

Lynette Bettio, a climatologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, said the big dry was affecting large parts of NSW, eastern South Australia and parts of the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia.

And despite the flooding rains in the north, even Queensland isn’t off the hook.

“The floods largely missed those areas of drought that we were covering,” Dr Bettio said.

“It did relieve some of those areas; those large totals of rainfall meant that some areas near the border with the NT are no longer in that bottom 10 per cent for those [drought-measuring] periods.

“But there’s still large parts of southern Queensland that are in that bottom 10 per cent of rainfall and lowest-on-record rainfall for those 11-month and 23-month periods.”…….. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-12/state-of-the-drought-is-not-good/10876716

March 12, 2019 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming

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