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South Australia sweats it out through driest year on record in 2019

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South Australia suffered its driest year on record during 2019, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says, with rainfall down 65 per cent as mean temperatures rose 1.45 degrees Celsius higher than the long-term average.

Key points:

  • Every month except August endured above-average temperatures in SA, with a record dry spell between January and April
  • Average rainfall in the state was down 65 per cent to become its driest year on record
  • Adelaide endured its hottest day on record on January 24 when it reached 46.6C, beating the mark set 80 years earlier

Releasing the 2019 Annual Climate Statement today, BOM head of climate monitoring Karl Braganza said every month apart from August endured above-average temperatures in SA, while there was a record dry spell between January and April.

“It was very dry, the driest year on record, with average rainfalls of about 80 millimetres [down 65 per cent from the long-term average],” he said.

“We’ve got several locations throughout the interior where we got less than 30mm rainfall for the year.”

The bureau said 2019 was South Australia’s second hottest year on record.

Adelaide endured its hottest day on record on January 24 when it reached 46.6C, beating the 46.1C recorded in 1939.

Lake Eyre fills despite big dry

Australia’s annual mean temperature was 1.52C above average and its overall rainfall down 40 per cent.

This is despite February’s Townsville floods, which exceeded local rainfall records.


Floodwaters near Birdsville make their way towards Lake Eyre during February. (Supplied: C. Ellis)

“What we did see is the floodwaters eventually making their way to Lake Eyre or Kati Thanda,” Dr Braganza said.

“That’s the most significant filling of the lake since 2010-11 in the midst of all the rainfall deficiencies around that location.”

Australian maximums up 2C

Dr Braganza said daytime temperatures across the country in 2019 were above their average maximums by a whopping 2.09C for the first time in recorded history.

“We also saw the six hottest days on record, peaking at 41.9C [on average across the country],” he said.

“We saw 11 such days where the national daily temperature [on average] went over 40C this summer, and that is really quite stark.


A map revealing above average temperatures Australia-wide during 2019. (Supplied: Bureau of Meteorology)

“There were two such days in 1972-73, two in 2013, seven last summer and 11 this summer. So that’s really indicative of how widespread that heat is.”

Dr Braganza said there were multiple factors behind the hot and dry weather including a strong Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) event, or sustained change in the difference between sea surface temperatures in the western and eastern Indian Ocean.

There was also a rare and sudden stratospheric warming event above the South Pole which pushed Australian weather systems northward and “compounded the warmer and drier than average conditions over southern Queensland and New South Wales during spring, amplifying the fire weather”.

Video: This is how sudden stratospheric warming occurs

(ABC News)

Global warm a ‘key factor’

Dr Braganza added that global warming had been a “key factor” because Australia had warmed by more than one degree since 1910 — mostly since the mid-20th century.

“You can consider that most of the weather is occurring in a climate system that is about one degree warmer,” he said.

“So that will tend to push things towards record territory.

“We’ve got very well-defined and clear trends underlying the changes we’ve seen over the past couple of decades.”

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The weather bureau's outlook for January to March

Dr Braganza said a delayed monsoon season, which typically helped to cool the country’s interior, had also contributed to hot weather over summer.

“There’s nothing really indicating that things will cool down too much over the next few months, although we are starting to see some signs that the monsoon season is starting to get active,” he said.

BOM’s climate outlook overview, released last week, found that SA and Western Australia could receive average to wetter-than-average conditions in January, despite eastern Australia remaining drier than average.

That potential for wetter conditions was expected to weaken through February and there was no strong tendency towards wetter or drier-than-average conditions up to April.

BOM said days and nights were likely to remain warmer than average through to April.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news

Alleged drink-driver had eight passengers, including five unrestrained children, in car


A man has been reported for drink-driving and other offences in Adelaide after SA police allegedly pulled over a small car carrying nine people, including five unrestrained children, and a dog.

Key points:

  • SA Police pulled the small car over just after 6:00pm on New Year’s Day
  • They said nine people were inside, with one woman seated in the rear footwell
  • The hatchback was found to be defective and impounded for 28 days

A Peugeot hatchback sedan, later found to be defective, was stopped by police on Cavendish Avenue in Renown Park, in Adelaide’s north, just after 6:00pm on New Year’s Day.

Police said officers noticed a large number of people in the vehicle as the patrol car approached.

The occupants were spoken to by police, including the 36-year-old driver, a 20-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman.

Police said a 32-year-old woman was also found seated in the rear footwell, and five children aged 15, 8, 6, 2, and just over 12 months old were found in the car.

“[Officers] were astounded to discover nine occupants squeezed into the small car, none of which were wearing seat belts. Plus a small dog,” police said.

Police said the driver was breath tested and returned a positive result, while some of the occupants of the vehicle began causing a disturbance.

“As a result of that disturbance, the 32-year-old woman was arrested for disorderly behaviour and hindering police,” police said.

The 15-year-old girl was also arrested for hindering police.

Man nearly three times over legal limit: police

The driver was taken to Holden Hill Police Station and breath-tested, allegedly returning a blood-alcohol reading of 0.140, nearly three times over the legal limit.

The Windsor Gardens man was served with an immediate loss of licence for six months and the vehicle was found to be defective and impounded for 28 days.

He was reported by police for drink-driving, failing to wear a seatbelt and failing to ensure passengers were wearing seatbelts.

Police said he would appear in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court at a later date.

The 32-year-old woman, also from Windsor Gardens, was bailed to appear in court at a later date.

The 15-year-old girl was issued with a youth caution and released.

The remaining three adult passengers were issued with fines for failing to wear seatbelts, police said.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news

Suspicious blaze comes close to SA campground but Cudlee Creek fire contained

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As South Australian firefighters continue to battle blazes that broke out during catastrophic conditions on Monday, a suspicious grassfire has come close to a popular camping area south of Adelaide.

Key points:

  • Temperatures reached the mid-40s in some parts of the state on Monday
  • A bushfire at Keilira has burned through about 25,000 hectares
  • The CFS says it believes a number of properties have been lost at Keilira

The fire, at Second Valley on the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide, was an unwelcome sight to campers as it burned in hills overlooking the Rapid Bay caravan park.

“I saw flames going up the hill, and it was on the ground as well. It was really daunting,” local resident Anika Wollaston said.

“The campground is pretty much full, and many campers were looking at the blaze.

“A lot of campers were just packing up and leaving.”

The Country Fire Service (CFS) earlier issued a watch and act message, before it was downgraded and police are now the treating the fire as deliberately lit.


A fire has come close to the Rapid Bay campground on the Fleurieu Peninsula. (Facebook: Ahlia Olley)

Water bombers were called to assist firefighters and 10 appliances on the ground.

Nearly 40,000 hectares have burned across the state over the past 24 hours, with several bushfires yet to be controlled.

See how the day unfolded in our blog

A blaze at Ravine in Kangaroo Island has sent smoke across the Adelaide sky, with the Bureau of Meteorology expecting the haze to continue into tomorrow.

A watch and act message remains in place for that fire in the island’s north-west.

For the first time since breaking out more than 11 days ago, the deadly Cudlee Creek fire in the Adelaide Hills has been declared contained but remains at advice level.

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BOM tweet: Smoke from the #KangarooIsland bushfires is extending across the #Adelaide sky. Smoke is mostly in the upper atmosphere but we may see some smoke haze tomorrow morning. For the revellers out a midnight the temperature in Adelaide is likely to be around 17°C for the start of 2020.

The CFS said smouldering tree stumps would likely cause flare-ups over the coming weeks.

It offered a “huge thankyou” to volunteers who responded to the emergency.

“Volunteers and staff will continue to work on this fire by patrolling, checking, planning and extinguishing, up until the fire is able to be declared complete,” it said.

“The community response to this fire has been exceptional.”

Authorities have begun to assess the full damage of Monday’s catastrophic conditions.

At least three homes have been destroyed by a bushfire which also killed thousands of livestock and burned through almost 25,000 hectares at Keilira in the state’s south-east.

Local resident Phil Clarke returned to inspect the remains of his property at nearby Bin Bin on Tuesday.

Mr Clarke was fighting the fire at its ignition point on Monday when the wind changed direction, putting his wife Anthea and their home in the firing line.

He said he made a frantic call over the radio to warn her.

“I said, ‘Just grab a bag mate or don’t even grab it, just go with what’s on you’ and she said, ‘OK’. I was yelling, ‘Just go, go, go,'” he said.

“I had to drive through 6 kilometres of flames with the trees each side burning, I didn’t know if I was going to get there or not.”


CFS officers and volunteers pick up debris from the road following strong winds and fires in SA. (ABC News: Stacey Lee)

While Mr Clarke and his wife managed to escape the inferno, their home of more than 18 years was destroyed, and Mr Clarke said he had lost “everything”.

“Eight hundred bales of hay, the lads are going through the sheep and cattle to see what we’ve lost, probably 40 kilometres of fence and the house,” he said.

Properties lost but many more saved, CFS says

Incident controller at the Keilira bushfire, Richard De Groot, said the fire had a perimeter of more than 80 kilometres.

“I can say that we understand there are three structures that have been impacted, but we don’t know the makeup of [those],” he said.


Scrubland burns at Keilira, in the south-east of SA. (Supplied: CFS)

He said while some properties were damaged, firefighters should be applauded for their work to save many more.

“What I can say is yesterday the firefighters made some excellent saves, I understand over 20 properties were being impacted on and as a result of our firefighters they were protected or saved,” he said.

South Australian MP Nick McBride, who is the local member for Mackillop in the south-east, said he had also heard of three properties damaged by the Keilira fire, and countless livestock had been killed.


Firefighters swiftly got on top of several flare-ups. (ABC News: Stacey Lee)

He said the Keilira fire had devastated prime cropping land, with farmers beginning the grim task of euthanising injured animals.

“Infrastructure-wise, I’m hearing two or three haysheds which were full, I’m hearing at least three houses have been lost, no lives and look this is very early days,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.

“We’re hearing severe stock losses … we’re talking thousands.

“A lot of that is the euthanising of stock and destroying and cleaning up.”

He said many producers were caught out by the wind change that came through on Monday, which changed the direction of the fire.

“Some large grazing properties have been really, severely affected,” he said.

“It burned out, I’m hearing nearly 95 per cent of property on the northern side of Keilira because of the wind change from a northerly direction to a westerly and blew the fire to the east.

“People had put their stock up out of the way of the fire coming in a southerly direction and it’s basically cooked a lot of stock and caused a lot of misfortune for a lot of farmers up in this area.”


A lightning strike over Sheringa, on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. (Supplied: @samanthalodgephotography/Instagram)

Fires fanned by strong winds on Monday also caused power outages for thousands of customers on the Eyre Peninsula, with power restored just before midnight.

CFS chief officer Mark Jones on Monday said the south-east fire had run through a large area of grassland.

“It is believed to have been caused by a dry lightning strike and is running through scrub and grassland,” he said.

Video: ABC News reporter Brittany Evins captured this footage of a dust storm while driving back to Adelaide from the Riverland.

(ABC News)

‘Pretty challenging weather conditions’

CFS communications officer Brett Williamson this morning said firefighters were challenged by the extreme conditions on Monday, all across the state.

“Yesterday presented some pretty challenging weather conditions for us with the heat and wind that changed direction throughout the day,” he said.

“At around 6:30pm last night we had attended 154 different incidents across the state, we had 135 fire trucks active on firegrounds with about 540 CFS personnel.”


CFS crews take some downtime amid the Cudlee Creek bushfire in the Adelaide Hills. (ABC News: Catherine Zengerer)

Cooler weather is expected to help firefighters control bushfires burning across the state over the next two days, with forecast temperatures in the mid-20s.

However, the CFS is concerned ahead of another day of hot and windy conditions on Friday, which is forecast to rise above 40C.

“Conditions are better for us today, so now will be the time where we really do try and make some headway and be able to get some better ground covered on some of these fires before the heat returns on Friday,” he said.

“It’s been a really tough couple of weeks for our volunteer crews and they’ve done a fantastic job over, particularly the last 24 hours, to make sure that all their work is paid off and none of these fires that were already existing jumped out.”

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news

Snoop Dogg – 220 (feat. Goldie Loc)

220 get dressed up, jumped on a boat
Fuck with my locs
Breakin’ the bread

[Verse 1: Snoop Dogg]
220 on the boat, here’s a toast to my folks
It’s a holiday, Crip, I’ma fuck with my locs
Get dressed, so fresh, big S on my chest
Now I’m feelin’ work, yellow Steeler shirt
501’s with the Stacy Adams tips
Picture a room full of Long Beach 20 Crips
Doin’ this, who in this? You in this? We in this bitch
Wish the dead homeboys was seein’ this shit
Neither, none, best 20 minutes or less
It’s a C-Walk contest, who do it the best?
Right your set with the feet, skip along to the beat
Represent your shit and bang out your street
For real though, king of the hill though
Run up on a nigga, you get popped like a pill yo
See I’m a dub motherfucker, and all y’all know
So if you’re with it, let’s get it 432-O, come on

[Chorus: Snoop Dogg]
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’

[Verse 2: Goldie Loc]
I got my ‘do dirt’ locs on, you better leave them gloves alone
Popped up on them blocks, [?]
15s rumblin’, carvin’ up the concrete
I go back like G-Man and SA double G, yeah
Doggie Dogg scooped a nigga up a long time ago
And said, "We gotta do this for the big 2-O", you know
Let’s slap some dominos, and crack some bitches, cuz
Catch me yellin’ out (what?) Trick, I been the dub
This a hood day, nigga what a good day
Where them homies , hit him and tell him let’s parlae
Never outta [?] with I keep the line open
Meditatin’, contemplatin’ the way we grind on em’
Big beefin’ always told me always keep my crippin’ tight
This one goes out to goats, cuh, 20 crip for life
Never ever will I switch up
My colors black and gold, all the homies throw your dubs up

(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’

[Verse 3: Snoop Dogg]
I’m shootin’ like I just started
But I’ma walk up in this motherfucker cold-hearted
I know you niggas don’t see me as much as you’d like
‘Cause I’m out gettin’ money when I’m rockin’ the mic
I’m a long way from Locus Ave, my locas have
Been there with me through the good and bad
Know look, let me reminisce, and twist a fuckin’ blunt to spark
I got put on, ’84 at King Park
Shottin’ hoops with Charlie Mo and [?]
With the bumblebees, real east-side G’s
Then go to [?] and ball out for any black ass
And wait for all the bitches at Poly to get outta class
I’m poppin’ at ’em from a distant, but I’m persistent
That’s some 20 crip shit
See I’m a dub motherfucker and all y’all know
So if you’re with it, let’s get it 432-O, come on

(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’

What up cuh
Happy 220 day to you my nigga
Yeah cuh
I’m just shittin’ out here my nigga, know what I’m sayin’?
Drinkin’ on this Miller Genuine Draft
Feelin’ real good, ye know I’m sayin’?
It’s hood day today cuh
Yeah, what’s y’all gon’ do cuh?
Shit, my nigga
Shit, the homies gettin’ together cuh
We gon’ fuck with the homies two times then
Alright I’ll be dressed in ’round 20 mins then cuh
Let me know the location
Ra, ra, rollin’, rollin’
In a minute cuh
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’
(Me and my, me and my niggas)
(Me and my, me and my, me and my niggas) We rollin’

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