Every drought is different, but when it comes to the current drought conditions across the Murray-Darling Basin, BOM says it is now “the most severe in 120 years of records”.
- Climatologists say that the Federation drought (1891-1903) and the World War II drought were similar to current conditions
- Not everywhere across the Murray-Darling is experiencing its record-worst drought conditions
- Just to provide relief, not even to break the drought, BOM says some places would need record high rainfall over the next three months
“The general picture across the Murray-Darling Basin, for droughts lasting two to three years, this is the most severe we’ve now seen in terms of the rainfall totals and probably also in terms of the general runoff into dams,” he said.
The variable nature of droughts makes them hard to compare as everyone experiences drought differently, and not everywhere is currently experiencing its worst drought.