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post #11 of 17 Old 12-21-2010, 09:52 AM
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Apparently there is the whole El Nino/La Nina cycle where Australia (and other countries I don't know which) rotate through. Australia has been in El Nino for many years and just this year (apparently) we switched to La Nina. The cycle averages at about 5 years but I think the last was longer. Now that we have switched we'll get more rain for the next few years. Its got to do with pacific ocean but it does affect many countries. It's a normal cycle.

Saying that, yes Australia has had a bad flood season but you look at lots of places that are flooded (ie. Wagga, Wee Waa) and notice that these places have floodbanks and other flood measures - they are used to flooding just not to this extent. In most of their history they have had floods, and some real bad ones, this is just another bad season.

Last night though it got to 3 degrees! In summer! I felt so bad because my horse only had a cotton on but I didn't think it would get that cold until autumn.
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post #12 of 17 Old 12-21-2010, 12:14 PM
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I think Canada is getting El Nino starting this year.
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post #13 of 17 Old 12-21-2010, 12:57 PM
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Could someone explain El Nino to me? I think it's global warming.. And YES its real! I'm in Nova Scotia, Canada and we had soo much rain this whole year but especially right now! It's horrible!

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post #14 of 17 Old 12-21-2010, 01:41 PM
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In Mississippi, We've already gotten snow flurries, and freezing rain. That never happens before christmas in Mississippi.
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post #15 of 17 Old 12-21-2010, 01:49 PM
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Could someone explain El Nino to me? I think it's global warming.. And YES its real! I'm in Nova Scotia, Canada and we had soo much rain this whole year but especially right now! It's horrible!
El Niņo-Southern Oscillation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Canada (or at least BC, not sure about all of Canada) is going through El Nino right now which is why it has been so wet.
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post #16 of 17 Old 12-22-2010, 06:51 AM
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Yeah pizmo even here in SA as you know, the weather has been really weird. Usually we're in the 40's by this time of year, xmas in 2 days and im still in trackies and jumpers rather than shorts, t's and thongs (shoes for the american's haha!)!!
The drought did last longer than usual, 10 years is pretty excessive but it IS a la nina year so thats fair enough that we're getting weird shifts in weather.
However, I don't understand the mindset of some people, that think global warming is just a made up scare tactic. Do you REALLY think we can pour billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and not have any impact? That's called wearing rose coloured glasses and it's that attitude that is going to end up turning Earth into a firey ball of uninhabitable dust one day. Why fight AGAINST the 'greenies' trying to reduce carbon emissions, when obviously, whether you 'believe in' global warming or not, reducing the amount of these noxious gases going into our atmosphere is going to be a good thing, either way? Yeah, no problems lets just rip down ancient rainforests that store tonnnes upon tonnes of carbon, and pump a few more gasses into the atmosphere... oh, but we're not going to affect anyone doing it?

Sorry, bit of a passionate subject, I could go on... and on... and on... half of my uni degree is about this!
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post #17 of 17 Old 12-22-2010, 12:27 PM
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I completely agree, Kayty.
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