Australian floods at ‘Biblical’ proportions

The tropical Australian state of Queensland is enduring the worst floods in living memory. Almost half of the state’s 700,000 square miles are under water. Rockhampton is one of 20 towns and cities hit by the flooding that now covers an area larger than France and Germany combined, with about 200,000 people affected. Rivers are surging to new heights and overflowing into low-lying towns as the water makes its way towards the ocean.

Because of its size, there is significant variation in climate across the state. Low rainfall and hot summers are typical for the inland west, a monsoonal ‘wet’ season in the far north, and warm temperate conditions along the coastal strip. Inland and in southern ranges low minimum temperatures are experienced. The climate of the coastal strip is influenced by warm ocean waters, keeping the region free from extremes of temperature and providing moisture for rainfall.

There are five predominate climatic zones in Queensland, based on temperature and humidity:

* hot humid summer (far north and coastal)
* warm humid summer (coastal elevated hinterlands and coastal south-east)
* hot dry summer, mild winter (central west)
* hot dry summer, cold winter (southern west)
* temperate – warm summer, cold winter (inland south-east, e.g. Granite Belt).

Even in a land as vast as Australia, the scale of the flooding is hard to comprehend. In central Queensland, murky brown flood waters are rising and the crisis is far from over.

A winter getaway for many Australians, Queensland has many attractions, fabulous beaches, coastal islands and the Great Barrier Reef. The Tropic of Capricorn runs through the state.

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8 Responses to Australian floods at ‘Biblical’ proportions

  1. A Michael J. Scott

    January 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    We’ll be seeing a lot more of this the world over as the planet continues to warm.

  2. Teeluck

    January 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Don’t worry…Global Warming is a myth, it’s just God having a good cry.

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  4. lazersedge

    January 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Holte, I hate to “rain” on your parade sir, but how can it be of “Biblical” proportions if there is any dry land left on earth. Just before writing I checked outside and we are high and dry in Alabama. 🙂 🙂

    • Holte Ender

      January 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      Well Noah’s flood was just a small chunk of the Middle East and they called it the world.

      • John Myste

        January 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm

        It was the world, back then, Holte.

        • Nikolai

          January 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

          John if you are saying “perception is reality” then point taken, but even back in the middle ages the doubters cried foul(and worse)when they were informed the earth was round and orbited the sun. Today these same types abound in the tea partiers and republicans who don’t believe in global warming!

  5. John Myste

    January 2, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Nikolai, sir, but back then the earth was flat and definitely did no revolve around lesser bodies, such as the sun. Times change.