Images taken from NASA’s Earth Observatory reveal SE Australia’s “instant regreening” — record rainfall is to thank following years of drought.
NASA took the natural-color photos roughly two years apart, in May of 2018 and again in June 2020.
The 2018 photo shows land scorched by heatwaves after the area received its lowest rainfall in almost a century:
Whereas the 2020 image shows large swathes of green spreading across Victoria and New South Wales:
According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), average to above-average rainfall from January to May this year has resulted in soil moisture recovery across much of SE Australia:
Rainfall records were broken across Victoria and NSW, say the BOM.
Melbourne, for example, received around 400mm of rain from January to April–that’s almost eight times more than the same time period in 2019, and the wettest since 1924.
And while climate alarmists can now take one of two routes — blaming 1) CO2 for the shift from drought to flooding rains, or 2) —and even more ludicrously— linking the COVID-lockdowns to some sort of ‘healing of the Earth’, the fact remains that it was similarly wet in 1924, and that back then solar activity was strikingly similar to today’s:
The year 1924 is nestled within the deep solar minimum of cycle 15, a minimum/cycle very close to those experienced today (cycle 24).
Historical documentation warns us time and time again that during periods of reduced solar activity –such as the Grand Solar Minimum (GSM) we’re entering now– dramatic regional climate shifts occur.
The GSM is amplifying weather extremes, from one (drought) to the other (flooding) due to the impact low solar activity has on Earth’s jet streams (more on that linked below).
Australia is returning to the harsher, overall cooler and drier climate of the early 1900s (the Centennial/Gleissberg/Glassberg Minimum) — however, these prolonged spells of cooler weather and drought can still be punctuated by intense bursts of heat and biblical rains.
Australia’s infamous ‘once in a century drought’ ran from 1891 to 1903 and caused an ecosystem collapse affecting more than a third of the country.
It too coincided with the the Glassberg Minimum (reference above), and so of course couldn’t have been brought-on by ‘anthropogenic global warming’.
The drought was one of the world’s worst recorded ‘megadroughts’, which at its peak saw much of the country receive less than 40% of its annual rainfall, with 1902 remaining the driest year on record.
CSIRO researcher Dr. Robert Godfree said: “In New South Wales, most rivers stopped flowing and dust storms filled dams, buried homesteads and created ghost towns as people fled. Wildlife and stock starved or died of thirst. Native birds and mammals died under trees, in creeks, and on the plains. Tens of millions of sheep and cattle were killed, and hundreds of millions of rabbits died of starvation after stripping the landscape of its plant life”.
Back in 2018, when NSW had just recorded its lowest rainfall in a five-month period since 1900, Australia’s then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “Now we are the land of droughts and flooding rains, we recognize that” — and putting his political views aside, no truer statement has been made regarding Australia’s climate moving forward.
Earth’s climate is cyclic, never linear.
The ‘megadrought’ of 1891-1903 occurred between weak solar cycles 12 and 14 — cycles similar to the one we’re currently in the record-deep solar minimum of today, cycle 24:
Despite 2020’s burst of record rainfall and the greening affect it’s had on SE Australia, the Aussie continent as whole can expect its next solar-driven megadrought to arrive any day now. The climate can ‘shift’ very quickly — remember, just 20 years after the megadrought large swathes of Australia were recording their wettest year on record (1924).
Even NASA agrees, if you read between the lines, with their forecast for this upcoming solar cycle (25) seeing it as “the weakest of the past 200 years,” with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
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[The pictures were taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Aqua satellite]