La Nina in her death throes
ONE of the strongest La Nina events on record is finally over after playing a major role in the record breaking rainfall and flooding seen through eastern and northern Australia over the last 10 months, according to weatherzone.com.au.
The recent weather phenomena surpassed those seen in the 1970s and was rivalling the 1917 event.
“We have seen a return of near-normal sea surface temperatures through the Pacific over the last month, while the SOI index has also returned to neutral territory in the last week. Therefore we can safely say that the current La Nina has concluded, following a once-in-a-lifetime event,” said Alex Zadnik, weatherzone’s senior meteorologist.
In some cases, 100-year-old rainfall records were smashed, particularly through Central Queensland. Taroom had more than 230% of its annual average rainfall in 2010.