By Anthony Cox
The Royal Commission into the recent bushfires which while bad was typical for this nation and demonstrated nothing more than the negligence of greenie policies preventing proper preparation through back-burning and hazard reduction, have just started.
The greenie/left maxim of never letting a crisis go unused was evident when Dr Karl Braganza, the head of the Bureau of Meteorology, made his opening statement.
As reported by the ABC, arguably the major reason why Australia has suffered under the green disease, Braganza said:
The commission started its first day of witness hearings with Dr Karl Braganza from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), who said the weather forecasts ahead of the last bushfire season proved to be very accurate.
Dr Braganza told the commission a mix of climate drivers in the past few years led to an extended dry period, hotter-than-average temperatures and reduced humidity, particularly over the south-eastern states.
"We were getting strong indications of our seasonal drivers … that we were going to favour hotter and drier conditions," he said.
"Unfortunately, the conditions turned out to be very severe.
This blog has dealt with the misrepresentation by Braganza that bushfires are getting worse and are caused by man-made climate change.
The other misrepresentation by Braganza that the BoM weather forecasts were accurate has also been dealt with by Jo Nova. Jo notes that the pre-Summer forecast by the BoM was:
Summer is looking hot for most of the country and dry for the east, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s summer outlook.
Andrew Watkins, head of long-range forecasts at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), said the overall outlook for summer is generally warmer than normal conditions over much of the country, with particularly dry conditions for the east.
“The highest chances of it being drier than normal, unfortunately, are in those drought areas through central New South Wales, southern Queensland and eastern Victoria,” he said.
And what in fact happened:
Sydney has been hit by its heaviest rain in 30 years, bringing widespread flooding but also putting out two massive bushfires in New South Wales. Australia’s weather agency said 391.6mm of rain had fallen in the past four days in Sydney, more than three times the average rainfall for February. About 100,000 homes are without power, and officials have warned flash floods could be life-threatening.
The BoM’s prediction record is atrocious and Braganza has at best misrepresented this. However, the real lie is that this mob advises the government on environmental and energy policies.
What a disgrace.