La Niña Leaves Australia

February 17, 2011 | Environment, Weather

(Photo: sbs.com.au)

The weather experts say that Australia has been affected by the strongest La Niña pattern since 1917.  This phenomenon caused the oceans around the country to reach their warmest temperatures on record and produced heavy rains that flooded the states of Queensland, Victoria and some parts of New South Wales. It also contributed to the increased intensity of cyclones like Tropical Cyclone Yasi that recently hit the country. This has been the worst weather pattern that caused widespread destructions for the past nine months. The heavy rains caused flash and river flooding that wiped out crops, damaged properties and infrastructure, and even brought death.

Although La Niña has past its peak and is weakening, there will still be more rain over the coming months particularly in the Queensland coast, northern tropics and NSW.  With this current weather cycle the winter months will be wetter while the spring period will be drier.

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