The Big Dry

South Australia is the driest state on the driest continent. This year (2006) is extra dry. The River Murray – the source of water for much of the state – is at very low levels, the Darling is down to almost a trickle. Water usage restrictions are being put in place and farmers are feeling the bite, with cereal crops just about wiped out. Houses in Adelaide (built on clay) are starting to crack, and not just because of lousy builders.

My Year To Date Rainfall Table says it all. Although it rained in October (sort of), there was not enough to tip my gauge. I should be able to run the house on rainwater until mid-January but after that – who knows.

‘Tis a grim picture.