AUSTRALIA: Once in 100 years rain wreaking havoc on harvest
Published: 07/13/2012, 3:52:55 PM
One of Australia's leading climatologists says the rain pattern being experienced in the state's northern sugar regions is something that we have not seen in a hundred years, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
The rain is playing havoc with this year's sugar harvest and milling and also has grain growers in central and southern areas worried.
Roger Stone, Professor in climatology, water resources and agriculture at the University of Southern Queensland says this is the "last fling" of a particular weather event.
"This is off the scale in terms of rainfall for this particular time of the year and with this type of pattern...this is right up there with the extreme levels.
He says it is probably not over yet before it clears up "quite dramatically."
Wind and sun that will help dry out the ground enabling the harvest to resume.
"That usually happens once this type of band clears through one would expect in the next week or two weeks from now."