According to news, Johor is practically under water after receiving above average rainfall on Monday and Tuesday. Singapore wasn’t spare either. Record breaking could be use to describe the rainfall in Johor and Singapore.

Bloomberg reports:

Out of 31 monitoring stations in Johor, 24 recorded “very heavy” rainfall of more than 60 millimeters yesterday, according to the Department of Irrigation and Drainage’s Web site. The highest rainfall of 289 millimeters was recorded in Johor Baru.

The Star reports that in Johor, nearly 30,000 people have been evacuated

MUAR: Nearly 30,000 people have been evacuated in Johor following the extraordinary heavy rainfall over the past three days, Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said.

…while Singapore suffered the worst rainfall in 75 years:

SINGAPORE: Singapore on Tuesday was hit by the third highest rainfall recorded in 75 years.

The 24-hour rainfall recorded was 366 mm.

About a year ago, northern Malaysian states along with southern Thai states suffered record breaking rainfall that caused massive flood. China, Japan and Vietnam each suffer their own record breaking snow and rainfall. Keep in mind while that occurred, the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active seasons in recorded history. In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore said “…Japan reported a record number of typhoons“.

The historic disaster in Johor makes me think, is it possible to link it to climate change?

The world is currently experiencing El Niño and El Niño is supposed to bring less rainfall to Southeast Asia on average, not more. If it’s true that climate change should cause more rainfall in this part of the world, and if it’s true that El Niño had actually reduced the amount of rainfall in Southeast Asia, imagine what it would be like if there were no El Niño.

In Malaysia, the mainstream society never really gives the issue of climate change a thought. We’re too pre-occupied with moral policing, religion, ethnicity and other trivial things appeal to our inferiority complex that do nothing to solve real pressing issues like the economy, education and the environment. It’s time for us to at least pay a little more attention to the environment and investigate the possible link between extreme natural climatic disasters that are hitting us year by year lately with a global trend that is climate change.

2 Responses to “[1012] Of is the record rainfall in Johor part of a larger trend?”

  1. on 22 Dec 2006 at 07:12 a human being

    Yes, I think the we all need to pay greater heed to climate change. Although there isn’t any definitive or conclusive linkage between human activities, global warming and climate change, which is perhaps due to the different interpretative position on te same data, there is very strong cause for concern based on the erracity of recent weather patterns and trends, even whhen accounting the degree of unpredictability itself in line with the vagaries of the weather.

    While Johor and S’pore suffer from a huge deluge, the tradtional grounds for the northwest? (forgot which is the correct term) monsoon during this end of the year period like Terengganu has had rather unsual weather pattern for the past few years. Traditionally, the monsoon comes some time late November and December, but more recently, such ‘prediction’ can no longer be accurate, and the expected incessant heavy rainfall turns out in patches, with oddly hot spots of ‘April-June’ sunshine in November. Not that the relative absence of the widespread flooding is a bad thing for local folks, but these are perhaps all signs that something is amiss with the weather.

    I don’t think it is also just a local phenomenon – the unpredictability and extremres of weather, Australia has had droughts for a couple of years with the resulting wild bush fires smoking out Melbourne, not to mention other examples eslsewhere which I can’t seem to remember and pinpoint now. It’s really unfortunate that not much will change policy-wise, while global weather heads for some ‘radical’ changes in the future.

  2. on 22 Dec 2006 at 07:13 a human being

    yeah… very much an inconvenient truth

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