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Australia faces extreme weather

Bushfires, hail, dust storms... In a matter of weeks, Australia's weather has gone wild.

Global Extreme Weather

“While the types of weather events and the resulting destruction can be similar, the way they develop couldn’t be more opposite, clearly a reflection of the geography. Here in the U.S., severe weather season is easily identifiable, peaking during the spring and early summer with an increase in tornados, large hail and damaging winds, with the strongest impact across the Great Plains and Midwest. However, in Australia, adverse weather takes many different forms and the types of severe weather typically experienced is influenced by very different geography and regional climate drivers,” Jim Foerster from Forbes explains.

Trouble down under

In barely two months, Australia has experienced one weather extreme after another. From drought to massive bushfires to hailstorms and dust storms. 2019 was Australia's hottest and driest year on record, creating perfect conditions for drought and fire. Then two severe thunderstorms hit the southeast coast in January, bringing hail and rain. It turned into weather whiplash: topsoil was often too dry to absorb the massive precipitation. Then, violent wind from the storms whipped up giant dust clouds. Sudden weather shifts are common in Australia, but meteorologists warn that climate change is making these extremes worse than ever.

Severe weather in the past

2018 was also a record-breaking hot year for Australia. Again, the extreme weather is fueled by climate change and is occurring in an atmosphere that contains more energy than it did fifty years ago. “Globally, in 2018 the United States was plagued by a series of intense hurricanes in the southeast and record-breaking wildfires in California, severe drought created a crisis for Cape Town’s water security, the Nordic region was hit with extreme heat in Norway and Finland and fires in Sweden, and a series of extreme weather events brought both extreme heat and extensive flooding to many parts of Japan,” the Climate Council reported. In order to reduce the severity and frequency of extreme weather in Australia, there needs to be an effective national climate policy that can drastically cut down greenhouse gas pollution as part of a global effort. The Climate Council continues, “To do our fair share of meeting the Paris climate target, Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution levels must be reduced by 45-65 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, as recommended by the Climate Change Authority in 2015… Australia is currently not on track to meet its much weaker 2030 target of 26-28 percent reduction in greenhouse gas pollution below 2005 levels.”

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01/26/2020 2:57 PM
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59 comments

  • Allen R.
    03/11/2020 22:13

    How are you going to say the fires was nature when they arrested so many people for setting the fires

  • Eza D.
    03/08/2020 14:34

    😱

  • Pete F.
    03/07/2020 14:53

    Seems like y'all forgot to say that dust storms, rain, and hail occur naturally each year. And that 2019's fires were set by humans NOT Mother Earth.

  • Luis R.
    03/05/2020 13:20

    4 version of the storms

  • Cheryl H.
    03/02/2020 17:16

    prayers for Australia

  • Ellyandra R.
    02/01/2020 00:10

    This is what the whole planet going to be doing before to long.

  • Missy H.
    01/31/2020 18:30

    Continue prayers for Australia 🙏

  • Jane H.
    01/31/2020 12:39

    "Climate change" is too small for what's really going on. My sibling saints know what I mean, but all this was seen coming almost 2000 years ago. It's time to wake up, because everything's just gonna get worse. Now I'm just waiting for the sound of trumpets 😉

  • Austin W.
    01/31/2020 11:56

    Didn’t Australia arrest 100 or more people over fire 🤷🏼‍♂️

  • Jeni S.
    01/31/2020 09:27

    😥😥

  • Ashe R.
    01/30/2020 22:14

    AUSTRALIA is pretty metal

  • Ulroan S.
    01/30/2020 20:50

    What ever evaperated with the smoke turned into what fell

  • Steven A.
    01/30/2020 18:34

    Climate change is natural....

  • Yolanda G.
    01/30/2020 14:51

    Dios ten piedad de este pueblo tuyo.

  • Krislyn B.
    01/30/2020 03:56

    The fire was man made...

  • Jennifer P.
    01/29/2020 23:38

    OMG the climate change is very real and serious , even here in MONTE VISTA COLORADO crazzzzyyyy!!!?

  • Marie H.
    01/29/2020 18:25

    We need to start bringing back the land practices of native peoples not just here but everywhere. Our growing population and expanding urban areas combined with a lack of prescribed burning are causing wildfires that are much bigger and more deadly than they are naturally. Hopefully we come to a solution before it’s too late 😕

  • Mona W.
    01/29/2020 17:06

    Aaawe Prayers

  • Sara C.
    01/29/2020 14:33

    yall been hit hard haven't ya

  • Charlotte D.
    01/29/2020 13:51

    climate change started quite a while ago, but we're only just witnessing just how badshit crazy the weather's going to be...