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Ayers Rock Waterfalls

March 26, 2021

By Paul Homewood




h/t Ian Magness


Waterfalls on the famous Ayers Rock in Australia have been making ripples this week:




Apparently we have to call Ayers Uluru now, as the Aborigines found it first. (Perhaps we ought to call our capital Londonium!)


The video says that 46mm of rain fell over last weekend, and variously describes the waterfalls as “unseasonal”, a “rare sight” and a “unique and extraordinary event”.

In reality, it is nothing of the sort.

Ayers Rock lies 335km southwest of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. It is close to the small town of Yulara. The nearest long running weather station is Curtin Springs, 77km away. They had 52.2mm of rain on the 22nd.

But the record daily rainfall for March is 104.6mm, back in 1982.




And as KNMI show, daily falls of 80mm and more are not uncommon:




Naturally, to see a waterfall on the Ayers in the middle of the desert must still be a rare and surprising event for those who were actually there to see it. And with mobile phones and the growth of tourist traffic, the news of the waterfalls nowadays quickly gets to the outside world. In the past though it probably would not have made it past the front page of the Alice Springs News.

  1. Martin permalink
    March 26, 2021 10:34 am

    And of course it looks to me like the water is running down – water worn runnels!

    • Ian Magness permalink
      March 26, 2021 10:44 am

      That’s exactly what they are Martin. Without boring everyone with the geology and geomorphology, Uluru’s shape is actually mainly down to precisely this sort of heavy rain-caused erosion, rather than other factors like wind. The photos also all show plenty of vegetation – I wonder how that happens?

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      March 26, 2021 11:06 am

      Yes I saw this somewhere on the web, and thought that there’d been a lot of rain down those over the last few millennia, followed by give it a day or two and Harrabin and the BBC will be in full panic mode.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      March 27, 2021 9:13 am

      Obvious once you mention it.

  2. MrGrimNasty permalink
    March 26, 2021 10:50 am

    Late last year Guardian reports BoM prediction of expected natural Australia floods.

    Now Guardian morphs predicted floods into climate change narrative!

    • Duker permalink
      March 27, 2021 1:22 am

      ‘Strangely’ there people still alive who could remember the last similar floods in 1961 or so in the same area.
      So its a once in 50 yr cycle . Nothing has increased due to climate change at all.
      What intrigued me was the new bridge over the main flooded river that only opened last year , but they got the numbers wrong and the new roadway was below water. They had called it ‘flood proof’
      Yet previous floods in the 1860s were even higher flood level than 1961

  3. Ray Sanders permalink
    March 26, 2021 10:59 am

    Well I have watched the BBC clip and now I realise that as well as not having any science nor history qualifications, it appears most BBC reporters do not understand the English language either. “Unique” has a very specific meaning and simply cannot be conflated with “rare” or “extraordinary”. How on earth can they say it (the rain) changes the colour of the rock in these events (plural) from a unique situation! Idiots in every respect.

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      March 26, 2021 1:16 pm

      The phrase “very unique” winds me up no end. It’s either unique or it’s not. The BBC is as much of an offender as anyone.

    • paul weldon permalink
      March 26, 2021 4:17 pm

      I had the same thoughts on the meaning of ‘unique’ until I had a run-in online with one of the zealots. Having first accepted my argument that an event was not unique, he then came back with the excuse that the word actually means ‘very unusual’. Before giving my reply I looked it up in my dictionary and it states that both meanings are correct. A bit like the word ‘consensus’ which can also be used with 2 different meanings. I guess we are all taught differently, One form is used by people who want to be precise, the other by those who do not.

  4. March 26, 2021 11:01 am

    In August 1968, I was in my Australian girlfriend’s wedding in Adelaide. My parents and I went to Japan and then to Thailand where my uncle was setting up a medical library at a university in Bangkok. While I went directly to Adelaide, mother and daddy went to the Great Barrier Reef and then flew to Alice Springs. They climbed Ayers Rock. It had been an unusually wet season and daddy took beautiful slides of the ephemerals which had popped up all over. People in the area said they had never seen some of these species before.

    Then mother and daddy came down to Adelaide by train, changing trains for each track gauge change. There were 3, so 2 changes.

  5. cookers52 permalink
    March 26, 2021 11:41 am

    Lightweights! In UK we would build several housing estates in the way!

  6. March 26, 2021 11:49 am

    “Apparently we have to call Ayers Uluru now, as the Aborigines found it first. (Perhaps we ought to call our capital Londonium!)”
    I think the point is that the aborigines are still there, whereas, to my best knowledge, the Romans left Londinium some time ago.

  7. Alexander Gwynn permalink
    March 26, 2021 11:58 am

    Dear Paul,  I keep meaning to write., just wanted to say how much I appreciate all that you do to try and open peoples eyes to the ongoing ‘climate change’ nonsense & hysteria … (that they now call a ‘climate emergency’) I despair at the way my Grandchildren are no doubt being brainwashed with all this nonsense at school. Best wishes, Alec GwynnPenzance ,Cornwall  Sent from Mail for Windows 10 From: NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THATSent: 26 March 2021 10:34To: alecgwynn@gmail.comSubject: [New post] Ayers Rock Waterfalls Paul Homewood posted: "By Paul Homewood       h/t Ian Magness   Waterfalls on the famous Ayers Rock in Australia have been making ripples this week:   Apparently we have to "

  8. Slingshot permalink
    March 26, 2021 1:11 pm

    Just before I went to NSW in 2017, there had been torrential downpours and flooding, the results of which could clearly be seen along river banks and high up in the trees – and I mean high up. This latest flooding cannot possibly be a once in a 100 year event, as is being claimed.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      March 26, 2021 1:20 pm

      As weather is random, it will almost certainly be a 1/100 year event somewhere in Australia – there are a lot of places! Also the fact it is a 1/100 year event (allegedly) does not stop it happening 3 years running etc.

      They exploit people’s ignorance of the meaning of these statistics, even if they aren’t thin air/exaggerated/bogus claims in the first place.

      • Duker permalink
        March 27, 2021 1:25 am

        Yes. Its really a 1% annual probability. Which still means they can be 5 yrs apart.

  9. MrGrimNasty permalink
    March 26, 2021 1:16 pm

    The BBC manages to make a climate change scare story out of the fact that the progeny of an immigrant accustomed to the UK climate thinks it feels hot when he visits relatives!

    If you read the article it’s obvious that the main reason the place is being ‘abandoned’ is not because of climate change, but because people aspire to live in better places, economically and weather wise, i.e. the mass immigration to the UK/EU that the BBC loves to promote – almost as much as climate junk.

    • Mack permalink
      March 26, 2021 3:22 pm

      I saw that Mr Grim. Bangladesh, the country that’s going to be drowned by climate change, despite the landmass having grown approx 20km2 per year since satellite records began etc etc. Also, its’ economy seems to have really taken off in recent years. Obviously neither point fits the Beeb’s narrative of doom and gloom.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      March 27, 2021 9:11 am

      And not so long ago, because places like the UK and the US have more freedom. But of course the BBC would never run that story.

  10. C Lynch permalink
    March 26, 2021 3:21 pm

    It’s not surprising that they have to pretend that this is in line with CAGW theory, it’s been a thoroughly disappointing Antipodean summer from the Alarmist perspective – little in the way of unusually high temperature and barely any bushfires of significance.
    An acquaintance who previously would have been a CAGW believer stated he was more than a little suspicious of the constant claims that just about every weather event, regardless of whether it flatly contradicts the narrative or not, is attributable to climate change. I suspect the penny is beginning to drop with a lot of people.

  11. March 26, 2021 4:51 pm

    Its just La Nina, happens roughly every 10 years, long enough for Climate Kids to have no memory of it happening before, and nobody in the MSM is going to inform them, even if they knew themselves, except of course for the excellent Sky News Australia.

  12. dennisambler permalink
    March 26, 2021 4:58 pm

    Michael Mann has been busy lately. Having recently cancelled the AMO,, he has turned his attention to Australia, who must cut their emissions to avoid future wildfires and floods.

  13. Phoenix44 permalink
    March 27, 2021 9:08 am

    That graph clearly shows that “extreme” rainfall is infrequent but normal.

  14. March 27, 2021 8:28 pm

    In the late 1960s I saw an Australian movie about the “West-East Expedition” where a group in two Land Rovers crossed the Australian Continent from its westernmost point to its easternmost point – right across the Gibson and Simpson Desert (including a stop at Giles Weather Station). When they got to Ayers Rock (as it was called then) the heavens opened and they were able to get footage of numerous waterfalls pouring off the rock (as well as pictures of the team looking cold and wet in the centre of Australia).

    That was in 1966.

  15. I Youles permalink
    March 28, 2021 3:38 pm

    During our time in Alice, 1963-66, my work took me over much of the southern part of the NT. Even in the drought-like conditions at that time, Ayers Rock still managed to put on a magnificent spectacle during rare rainfalls. The best description I heard at one of those events was “it shimmers and shivers like a blancmange” – perfect.

  16. Wil permalink
    March 29, 2021 12:54 am

    Its interesting when you plot this uluru rainfall data from bom for 1964 to 1983. (Not sure what happened to the data after 1983). > 30mm was recorded during March a few times.

    Date, Rainfall (mm) > 30mm
    01/12/66, 55.1
    07/02/67, 40.1
    06/03/67, 38.4
    07/03/67, 133.6
    25/01/68, 44.5
    01/07/68, 35.6
    05/02/69, 38.9
    08/02/69, 35.6
    06/12/69, 32
    11/03/70, 30.5
    11/01/73, 55.9
    20/01/74, 38
    24/01/74, 35.4
    25/01/74, 92
    22/02/74, 38.2
    08/04/74, 64.4
    02/10/74, 52.2
    16/10/74, 31.8
    05/04/75, 37.2
    10/01/76, 30.6
    20/02/76, 42.8
    18/02/77, 62
    29/03/77, 34.4
    20/11/77, 63.4
    29/05/78, 32
    29/10/78, 54
    03/03/79, 37.4
    25/05/79, 90.5
    19/04/80, 52
    26/01/81, 31.4
    27/01/81, 69.6
    26/03/81, 38
    12/12/81, 42
    17/02/82, 72
    26/03/82, 106
    27/03/82, 109.8
    11/01/83, 63
    17/03/83, 37
    18/03/83, 37.6

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