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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsWeather · 1 decade ago

I need an answer from a weather guy or something?

why isn't it raining in australia and when will rain if it ever will, over december we got something like 16 ml of rain. whats going to happen to australia if it doesn't, are there any other countries suffering as bad as us? will we run out of water?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    sorry, but where i am, we got rain today. 2 bad for u though. i wish i lived in australia! i love ur accents! ull have 2 forgive my immaturity with the accent thing, but i do!!

    i did try 2 look up the australian forcast, but it didn't work. sorry.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is raining in Australia, just not where you want it. The east coast has had reasonable to good rain. Where I live in northeast NSW you would not know there was a drought anywhere just looking at the country here.

    Northern and eastern Australia are getting into the wet season and we should see tropical cyclones forming very soon. The current El Nino is likely to break in March and we should see better rain after that.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'm sorry to say this, but it's a matter of the aquifer which has taken centuries to build up has been depleted much faster than it recharges. For whatever reason the earth goes through changes in climate, the wet spells that allowed otherwise arrid regions to become productive are coming to an end, the same as they have many times before in human history. Vast parts of Asia, Africa, Australia and American Southwest that got by in droughts by relying on their wells, are running out of water. Droughts seem to run in 7 year cylces historically. teh solar storm of 1859 caused wood buildings and trees in teh American Southwest to burst into flames. Some tell us man made pollution is the cause, and that theoretically we can slow down or reverse it, if you could get all humans to cooperate, as likely as moving the earth orbit further from the sun. There is also evidence of global warming occuring on other planets, such as increased storm activity on jupiter and melting ice on Mars. There is only one thing humans can do when the climate changes, adapt. If water condensor plants, underground reservoirs and desalinization plants are not seriously developed and built around the world, famine and thirst is apt to kill millions and get the world population back to sustainable levels one way or another. So the long term answer is build the facilities you need to survive where you are, or move. Depending on goods and water being delivered hundreds or thousands of miles is life hanging from a very fragile logistics thread. This year we've had the opposite problem, as a warmer climate (whether it's just seasonal or a permanent trend I'm uncertain) pushes tropical storms further from the equator, we had a "500 year flood" along with several minor floods afterwards that inundated most of the fertile low lying croplands, as well as rasing havoc with homes and roadways as culverts and bridges proved too small and flooded many small communities. The year before I had to haul water to my garden.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm an ex-weather guy who lives in the South Island of NZ. The dry conditions in both of our countries are partly due to the weak El Niño conditions, which probably means more westerly winds and drier weather in the east of both Oz and NZ. I live on the east side of the Southern Alps and as a gardener, I'm expecting a drier than average summer. Westerly winds mean average or above rainfall on our West Coast and dry weather here. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the capitalist obsession for economic growth at all costs means that some parts of the world like California, Australia and Israel have now got much larger populations than they can sustain, and much thirstier forms of agriculture than their climates are suitable for. Citrus and cotton in the States for instance. The only good news is that we're now coming up with new ways to obtain water in dry places, like reverse osmosis to suck fresh water from the sea and shade netting with a trough underneath it to collect water from mist, like they do in the Atacama desert in Chile. Things in Oz are as bad as they've ever been. Probably the only countries which have it worse are a few on the edges of the Sahara like Niger, Chad and Ethiopia. At least Oz is still a rich country unlike them. The climate change which has turned these African places into desert wasn't man-made; during the Ice Age the Sahara had a temperate climate. Even in Old Testament times Ethiopia was a prosperous agricultural place. Hang in there my friend.

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  • 1 decade ago

    whoa, darlin', ease your worries!

    first of all, it's summer in australia, right? does it normally rain much during the summer, such as a "monsoon" season? if it normally does, and right now it is not, then that's a drought. no one knows how long a drought will last, and yes, they can be devastating.

    however, you will not run out of water...to the best of my knowledge, australia is not a third world country...it is a progressive, industrial nation that undoubtedly has reserves and strategies for handling droughts.

    somewhere else in the world other countries, or regions within them, are suffering from drought. some are suffering from too much water. nature constantly tries to balance out the entire planet...

    and eventually, it will rain.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    as i think more of the australin land is desert; so it has shortage of rain fall as any deserted countries. may this problem is going to be worest now since the climatic condition of the world has been changing. but if the people of the world are thinking of the ozon deplation this problem may solved in some extent.

    Source(s): from the general concept of geography
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