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Brisbane Floods

March 12, 2022

By Paul Homewood


Ben Rich has a video on the Brisbane floods:



As usual, he makes the amount of rainfall sound impossibly high by relating it to annual rainfall.

In fact, it is not uncommon to see more than 1000mm of rainfall in the first three months of the year in Brisbane. Indeed the record for January to March was set in 1974 when 1433mm fell.


The real problem this year was the fact that the weather front was slow moving, dumping heavy rain for three days from Feb 26th:



None of those daily totals were remotely unprecedented in Queensland. The daily record for February was an astonishing 907mm in 1893 at Crohamhurst, just 46 miles away from Brisbane.


  1. March 12, 2022 11:59 am

    Floods and droughts – that is the nature of the Australian climate.

    On the east coast, floods are commonly associated with La Nina years, like 2021/2022.

    The trick is to be prepared for these swings between wet and dry.

  2. Ray Sanders permalink
    March 12, 2022 12:11 pm

    Without sounding like an “adhom” remark I just love the hypocrisy of the likes of Ben Rich. He rattles on about climate change and the “causes” and then lists his prime interest as travel. He then Twitters on whenever he is away somewhere – the most recent being his long weekend away in Barcelona (and no he did not get there by train).. Yep the rest of us mustn’t fly to protect “the Planet” but he’s allowed to in order to demonstrate the damage done by flying!

  3. Neil Pryke permalink
    March 12, 2022 12:21 pm

    No Comment

  4. March 12, 2022 1:28 pm

    The period around the Federation Drought (1901) in SE Australia was actually a mix of very dry and very wet spells, recent decades in Brisbane have had much less variability. Here is a composite 12-month moving total record for Brisbane, suitably spliced and tested for homogeneity against near neighbors:

    • March 12, 2022 1:46 pm

      Note the many 12-month periods with total rainfall above 2000 mm, and 2 periods above 2500 mm.

  5. Harry Passfield permalink
    March 12, 2022 4:35 pm

    I guess they (tptb) don’t like succeeding at tackling extreme events because that would disrupt their MMCC religion.
    (BTW – just as a bit of nonsense… seems that maybe MMCC might be an omen. My grandson will be 86 at the turn of the century: I wonder what his grandchildren will face in 2200….)

    • John Hultquist permalink
      March 12, 2022 5:43 pm

      Those future children will encounter stupid politicians and other cult-like characters.

  6. John Hultquist permalink
    March 12, 2022 5:40 pm

    Queenslander (architecture) – maybe they should try it!
    This was also an early style in Newport, Kentucky

  7. EppingBlogger permalink
    March 12, 2022 7:24 pm

    Good to know the media are reporting fairly and objectively, as usual. Not!

  8. Graeme No.3 permalink
    March 12, 2022 9:13 pm

    When early settlers arrived in Brisbane the local aborigines warned them about building their camp on the river flat. They didn’t listen and since then….
    Seven major flood peaks have been recorded at the Brisbane gauge since records began in 1841. A major flood peak of 4.46 metres (6th highest) was recorded at 3:00am on Thursday the 13th of January 2011. This is the largest flood peak recorded since the January 1974 flood when the Brisbane River reached 5.45 metres. Higher levels are possible in Brisbane with two floods (8.35 metres and 8.09 metres) being recorded two weeks apart in February 1893 and higher still in the record flood of January 1841 at 8.43 metres. That didn’t include the floods since 2013.
    For an overview of the flooding that was recorded in Brisbane.

    The table below has comments about Ipswitch which is now almost a suburb of Brisbane (across the river).

    And Ben Rich doesn’t know what he is talking about.

  9. C Lynch permalink
    March 12, 2022 10:40 pm

    Puts paid to that permanent drought they were droning on about a few years ago.
    Do these people ever get tired of being wrong?

  10. Phoenix44 permalink
    March 13, 2022 9:19 am

    Comparing one data point to an average is simply wrong.

    What’s the variation in the average?

  11. March 16, 2022 1:19 am

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News.

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