South Australia continues to witness severe weather strikes, including Adelaide which experienced heavy rains and winds overnight on Tuesday.
The average speed of winds recorded in the state during May and July constituted the highest in the past three decades while that of June were considered as the strongest winds that occurred in over 10 years. The state has been trapped in the severe weather conditions since Monday when damaging winds hampered the daily life of almost 300 people.
The victims were desperate and made calls for emergency services during the tough weather conditions. According to an SES spokeswoman who spoke to AAP, it received a total of 295 calls, most of which were made at 9 am on Monday to complain about the fallen trees in Gippsland and the greater Melbourne region.
The Bureau of Meteorology stated that the overnight Tuesday rains in Adelaide measured more than 415 mm, lagging only a little behind the full-year average of 544 mm. The heavy rainfall and strong winds disturbed the streets in Adelaide Hills as well as Verdun on Tuesday night.
The BoM issued a warning earlier that the areas with elevation are subject to more risks. The bureau also issued a weather warning seeing the early weather changes, which emphasized areas from the lower Eyre Peninsula to SA’s southeast. However, it has since canceled the warning. The bureau has issued flood watch for the regions where catchment areas are located, including Adelaide Hills.
Supervising meteorologist Paul Lainio claimed that the continuous increase in the severity of the weather across South Australia was due to the El Nino weather pattern coming to an end. In addition to this, according to him, the occurrence of Indian Ocean Dipole that provided moisture into the state from the north might also be one of the reasons behind the increasing severity of the weather.
“So for three months, we’ve seen unusually windy conditions and that’s been associated with front after front after front moving through,” he said, as quoted by 9News. “Over the next few months, we don’t really see much change in terms of the climatic pattern.”