Kimberley Climate Change

You know how the Kimberley climate works, right?

The wet season from November until March is wet and hot and brings the occasional cyclone. The dry season is dry. Blue skies and wonderful temperatures are guaranteed every day.

At least that's what we all knew, and that's what the tourists knew who were out and about along the Gibb River Road, on the Mitchell Plateau and in the Bungles in June 2007.

And then it rained. And rained. And rained. It rained on and off for over a week. Not a little stray cloud and a bit of drizzle, but constant, solid, soaking rain that led to extended road closures and had people stranded for many days. The sun did not show at all for over a week, the North West was under a solid blanket of thick clouds.

Huh? If anybody had suggested such a weather event may occur, we would have laughed at them. It still seems impossible that it happened. Seems.

The reality is that nothing is impossible any more. Sure, June 2007 was a freak event. Nobody expects anything like that to happen again.

But there is no doubt that things are changing, at a faster and faster rate. The climate is shifting, the wet seasons are starting later and lasting longer, and they are becoming even more unpredictable.

This is not about the Kimberley climate alone. The Kimberley is just one of many places where the changes are impossible to ignore.

You do have to stop and ask yourself, how many more freak events does it take, and how violent do they need to become, before people will wake up and be willing to move out of their comfortable ruts and DO something?

(Update: It rained again in June 2008, though not to the same extent...)

You can do something about it today. Please watch the video below to find out how.


Thank you to the Manpollo Project. Check out their video series here: www.manpollo.org

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