Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .


Subscribe free to our newsletters via your




















WEATHER REPORT
Australia's La Nina rains 'could stay for months'

by Staff Writers
Sydney (AFP) Jan 11, 2011
Heavy rains blamed on the La Nina weather phenomenon that have brought death and destruction to Australia's northeast could stay for months, weather forecasters warned Tuesday.

After emerging from years of devastating drought and water restrictions in 2009, Queensland enjoyed its wettest spring on record last year, making catchments more likely to overflow when further heavy rains hit.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the wet conditions, which began in earnest in December and have wiped out crops, flooded mining operations and claimed at least 19 lives, could continue until the end of March.

"The national outlook for the January to March period favours wetter conditions in the eastern half of New South Wales, southeastern Queensland and western Western Australia," the bureau said in its latest forecast.

The bureau said the rainfall was the result of cool conditions in the central equatorial Pacific Ocean associated with the current La Nina -- a disruptive weather event associated with rains.

"The southeast, roughly one-quarter of Queensland... has about a 60 to 75 percent likelihood of getting above the median three-month rainfall for January to March," climatologist Grant Beard told AFP.

Beard said the December to March period was traditionally the wettest of the year for Queensland, known as the Sunshine State, and much of the region had endured record rainfalls in December.

Experts said even if subsequent downpours were not extreme, they could cause major problems because catchments and rivers were already full to overflowing.

La Nina, or "girl child," is characterised by unusually cool ocean temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific and has been associated with strong rainfall in Asia and Australia, bitter cold snaps in North America, and drought in South America.

It is the counterpart to the El Nino weather pattern, generally associated with drier conditions in Australia.

"The Queensland floods are caused by what is one of the strongest (if not the strongest) La Nina events since our records began in the late 19th century," said Professor Neville Nicholls, president of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.

Nicholls said whether the flooding was related to global warming was unknown.

Forecasters are predicting intense rain and thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday for southeastern Queensland.

"Heavy falls will lead to flash flooding and will worsen existing river flooding," the bureau said in a warning.



Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Weather News at TerraDaily.com



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


WEATHER REPORT
Scientists find 'drastic' weather-related Atlantic shifts
Geneva (AFP) Jan 4, 2011
Scientists have found evidence of a "drastic" shift since the 1970s in north Atlantic Ocean currents that usually influence weather in the northern hemisphere, Swiss researchers said on Tuesday. The team of biochemists and oceanographers from Switzerland, Canada and the United States detected changes in deep sea Atlantic corals that indicated the declining influence of the cold northern Labr ... read more







WEATHER REPORT
Obama calls on world to honor Haiti pledges

Floods cost to Australia 'higher than Katrina'

Rueful but not remorseful, Wyclef Jean back in Haiti

Accelerating Haiti rebuild 'absolute priority': UN

WEATHER REPORT
Direct Observation Of Carbon Monoxide Binding To Metal-Porphyrines

Japan's NTT Docomo, Dai Nippon launch e-book service

Liquid Pistons Could Drive New Advances In Camera Lenses And Drug Delivery

How Do You Make Lithium Melt In The Cold

WEATHER REPORT
La Nina blamed for Australia's floods

China animal rights groups protest seal meat deal

S.Africa, France scientists launch new marine lab

Low squid haul worries Argentina

WEATHER REPORT
Warming to devastate glaciers, Antarctic icesheet - studies

Russia reaches first stranded fishermen

Russia frees two of five ships trapped in ice floes

Polar Bears No Longer On Thin Ice

WEATHER REPORT
Germans go organic in dioxin scare

States, cities to pursue Asian carp study

Argentina uneasy over La Nina hit on crops

China bans German pork, egg imports

WEATHER REPORT
Haiti grieves its quarter million dead

Hundreds killed in Brazil floods, mudslides

Brisbane besieged by once-in-a-century floods

Brisbane a 'war zone' as huge flood smashes city

WEATHER REPORT
Angola's war-ravaged railway re-opens

South Sudan: Birth of a failed state?

Much hope as Sudan's election starts

AFRICOM's Gen. Ward visits Rwanda

WEATHER REPORT
Impact Of Traffic Noise On Sleep Patterns

Humans First Wore Clothes 170,000 Years Ago

Publication of ESP study causes furor

Biological Joints Could Replace Artificial Joints Soon


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement