Exceptionally heavy rain has fallen on Queensland’s far north causing the Daintree River to rapidly rise to record levels. The BOM warns of more deluges over the next 10-days.
Parts of Douglas Shire received 500 mm (19.6 inches) of rain in 24 hours on Jan 26. Some places recorded 300 mm (11.8 inches) in just 6 hours.
All that rain caused the Daintree River to rapidly rise and surpass the major flood stage of 9 m (29.5 feet) on Jan 26. By midnight on Jan 27 the water level had climbed to a staggering 12.6 m (41.3 feet), breaking the previous record of 12.4 m (40.6 feet) set in 1901 (Centennial Minimum).
People living close to riverbanks received an emergency flood alert in the middle of the night warning them to move to higher ground.
The floods washed out roads, stranding hundreds of people, flooded homes, damaged ferry infrastructure and flushed herds of cattle out to sea.
“This is a difficult situation … we ask everyone to be patient as Douglas Shire recovers from widespread monsoonal rain and the biggest Daintree River flood in 118 years,” the mayor, Julia Leu, said.
More rain is on the way.
The BOM says the region can expect 1,500 mm (59 inches) in total over a 10-day period.
“NOW WE ARE THE LAND OF DROUGHTS AND FLOODING RAINS”
Last year, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “Now we are the land of droughts and flooding rains, we recognise that.”
The Grand Solar Minimum is amplifying weather extremes from one (drought) to the other (flooding).
Historical documentation warns us time and time again that any prolonged reduction in solar output correlates with a devastating impact on regional climates and the food production systems civilisation has in place — see wiki.iceagefarmer and NOAA report.
Australia has returned to the extreme, and overall drier climate of the early 1900s — the Centennial/Gleissberg/Glassberg Minimum — and the last example of prolonged solar diminishment.
The resulting impact on global food supplies will rock our modern civilisation.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift