The previous annual record of 2,194mm of rain, which had stood since 1950, was broken at 12.30pm on Thursday after 27.2mm of rain fell at Sydney’s Observatory Hill Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) station since 9 am.
About 2.2 metres of rain has fallen on the NSW capital so far this year, or to be precise, 2,199.8mm, which is 39.8mm more than Shaq’s height. Source: SBS News
The bulk of the rain fell in about 90 minutes, beginning at 11 am.
March broke a 1942 record of 521.4mm when 554mm fell.
Climate change responsible for heavy rainfall
“That means we can hold a hell of a lot more water in the atmosphere, meaning we’re more likely to see heavy rainfall events,” the BoM’s Gabrielle Woodhouse told reporters.
“We’re probably not going to see that break down until we see La Niña start to weaken and move back into neutral territory,” Ms Woodhouse said.
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“Our landscapes are entirely saturated, our dams are basically full, and the river systems, those channels, are also full,” she said.
“Rainfall here is totally different to rainfall on the coast. A couple of inches out here makes it very very … soggy.”