The southwest of Western Australia has recorded an extraordinarily wet start to the year. Atmospheric moisture from tropical lows in the north of the State produced a number of significant cloudbands bringing persistent rainfall to the region in late January and early February. This led to many daily and monthly rainfall records being broken. Widespread flooding was reported across the southwest, with two fatalities related to the flooding, whilst there were significant impacts to communities, infrastructure, and agriculture across the region. The Western Australian Government declared parts of the southwest a natural disaster zone. This talk provides an overview of the Special Climate Report prepared by the Bureau to summarise storm events that occurred and the impacts across the southwest of the state.
About the Speaker
Stephen Duggan, BoM Flood Forecasting and Warning Manager WA
Steve has more than 10 years of experience in high-level hydrologic and hydraulic investigations together with the application of a wide range of advanced numerical techniques in these fields. Steve completed a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering with Honours (Monash University).
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