Global warm­ing hits SA

The Weekend Post - - Nation -

CHANG­ING rain­fall pat­terns are bring­ing more sum­mer storms to South Aus­tralia, sci­en­tists say, the lat­est se­vere sys­tem lash­ing the state with record rain­fall and dam­ag­ing winds.

The trop­i­cal air mass swept across SA on Thurs­day night, plung­ing thou­sands of homes and busi­nesses into dark­ness and caus­ing wide­spread mi­nor dam­age.

By early yes­ter­day, more than 33,000 prop­er­ties re­mained with­out power though by yes­ter­day af­ter­noon that had been cut to just over 3000.

The State Emer­gency Ser­vice re­sponded to more than 200 calls for as­sis­tance in the wake of the storm, which brought down trees and dam­aged build­ings and also de­liv­ered about 74,000 light­ning strikes over a two-hour pe­riod.

Grif­fith Univer­sity Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor Ian Lowe said in­creas­ing av­er­age tem­per­a­tures from global warm­ing were caus­ing changes to where and when rain was fall­ing.

South Aus­tralian su­per­vis­ing me­te­o­rol­o­gist Matt Col­lopy said the storm gave some cen­tres their wettest Jan­uary day on record.

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