Those who call Central Australia home, live in a region that encompasses a breadth of land that is immense in size and ancient in origins. Occupying about one sixth of Australia’s total land mass, it’s boundaries hold not only some of Australia’s unique and significant icons, but is home to a variety of contrasting landscapes, and subject to a range of climatic weather conditions. As well as heatwaves, flooding rains, droughts, even snow and hail, the nature of weather today, appears to be shifting to more extremes. With recent fire storms experienced on the east coast, and more extreme weather conditions, one can only hope that mankind can achieve a consensus on how to tackle these conditions.

For those living in Central Australia, following are some images of the weather conditions that have been captured.

Dust Storm

Following images of dust storm over Alice Springs, as it blows from the south over MacDonnell Ranges, as viewed from Anzac Hill / Untyeyetwelye.

Rain and Floods

Whilst rain fall may be a rare occurrence in Central Australia, compared to other regions of Australia, when it does rain and depending on the storm severity and the amount of the rainfall, the rain can bring flash floods and torrents, with the deluge sweeping through formerly dry channels and dry riverbeds. These swollen rivers carry such force that whole trees, boulders, pebbles, sand and other debris can be swept along the river.

Central Australia have seen significant rain and flood conditions, with Alice Springs witness to the Todd River swelling and on occasion breaks its banks. The year 1974 saw the Todd River flow for most of the year, with 1983 and 1988 when the Todd River burst its banks. Check out our Todd River – a rare occurrence, rain in Alice and Water in Central Australia.

Looking down on the Undoolya Road Main Causeway from the pedestrian bridge, 9 Jan 2010
Looking down on the Undoolya Road Main Causeway from the pedestrian bridge, 9 Jan 2010
Bushfires & Lightning Strikes
Fire in the Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park, 26 Jan 2019
Fire in the Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park, 26 Jan 2019
Clouds

Footnote & References

  1. Memories of the Flood, by Nicole Lee, ABC Local, 4 Dec 2008, https://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2007/12/05/2115981.htm