Category Archives: rainfall

New life on Murray floodplains

Six weeks on from the recent flood in the South Australian Murray Valley, floodplains and wetlands are in the best condition seen since the floods of 1990-93. The dominant response is vibrant, vigorous growth of groundcovers, shrubs and trees. A … Continue reading

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Extreme spring weather event again

What’s happening with our spring weather??? Hailstorms are normally seen in the tropical and sub-tropical zones of Australia, not in Adelaide in the temperate south. Is this a taste of the predictions for more frequent extreme weather events as a result … Continue reading

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Black box trees in glorious flower!

Black box trees flower mostly in summer, right? Wrong!! At least this year, for the first time since the start of monitoring black box in 2004, the majority of trees are in full glorious flower in winter! The working hypothesis … Continue reading

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Happy World Wetlands Day!

World Wetlands Day has been greeted with life-giving rains in South Australia, as ex-cyclone Stan sweeps across the countryside. The rainfall is a very special bonus for Murray Valley  wetlands. This will help keep young black box seedlings and saplings going, as … Continue reading

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What happened to winter?

No wonder we were getting messages in Europe that it was cold in Adelaide this June – it was the driest June since 2006, so it was probably the lack of humidity which made it seem so cold, even though … Continue reading

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Dry times for Adelaide

Our rainwater tanks in suburban Adelaide ran dry mid-February 2015 for the second time this summer, after a minimal rain event of about 20 mm mid-January 2015 put a small volume back in the tanks, but it was soon used … Continue reading

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A disturbing lack of rain

Our rainwater tank ran dry this week! We had already switched the house back to mains water at the beginning of October, in the middle of spring, but now in late December there is no more water for the vegetable … Continue reading

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