Dry dust, wet storms
WE'VE had dust on dust and today we can expect some more, according to forecasts.
Thunder and lightning will come later, according to other forecasters, including long range oracle, Hayden Walker.
In the meantime, the well-known forecaster says October should provide some relief from the dust and heat of the month just gone.
Mr Walker has predicted a hot, humid summer with good rains in October followed by above average falls and a good old-fashioned November storm season.
The Bureau of Meteorology does not quite agree with the October to December quarter forecast from Mr Walker, however, and predicts “a moderate shift in the odds favouring a drier than normal season across parts of north-eastern and south-eastern Australia.”
The map accompanying that report predicts a 50-50 chance either way for our region.
The irony of seemingly conflicting weather patterns was not lost on Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts who remarked on the irony of the storm and cyclone season beginning “at a time Queensland has fire bans in place over much of the state”.
“The reality is these events can and do happen at the same time in Queensland,” he said, urging householders to be prepared for natural disasters.
Mr Roberts was joined by Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones, Emergency Services Management representatives, Red Cross, Salvation Army and official SES and storm season sponsor NRMA Insurance, when the official storm season was launched in Brisbane yesterday.
Ms Jones said Queensland had a long history of storms and tropical cyclones.
The storm season launch had an appropriate venue at Ashgrove Baptist Church, with Ms Jones reminding guests that less than 12 months ago it had been the recovery centre for those affected by “an unprecedented storm” at The Gap.