Global warming hits SA
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.