Australia is experiencing a range of extreme weather which has been exacerbated by the LaNina system. This continues to deliver flooding rains into most of Australia with the exception of WA which is suffering from heat waves, fire emergencies and cyclones. The impact of these events is carrying supply chain and risk to life, assets and business operations. Flooding has been the greatest peril while tornados, extreme hail and a tsunami demonstrate other perils that need to be included in any risk analysis.
Some of the latest events include
Catastrophic flooding in South East Queensland and Northern NSW
WA Tropical Cyclone Anika
On 14 October 2021, a late-night tornado hit the regional New South Wales city of Armidale causing significant damage. Hail larger than 5cm was reported between Sydney and Cowra in the state’s central west. Sydney experienced sustained severe storm conditions with strong winds over 90km/h, heavy rainfall and flash flooding.
On 19 October 2021 hail of 16cm fell on Yalboroo north of MacKay, Queensland setting a new Australian record. The previous record was 14cm, observed in south-east Qld last year. Aeeris's hail alerting product detects the size of hail within thunderstorms in real-time, accurately communicating the threat to customers.
Major East Coast Flooding
On 10 November 2021, flash flooding, heavy rain and severe thunderstorms battered much of the east coast. Aeeris provides an acute flood monitoring service for the government, heavy industry and the insurance sector.
Volcanic Explosion and Tsunami
On January 15 2022 the Hunga Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano exploded near Tonga with a force greater than 100 simultaneous Hiroshima bombs. EWN subsequently issued a tsunami warning giving multiple customers an early warning. This clearly contributed to a more widespread understanding that severe weather events can occur at any time. The imagery of the tsunami impacting places as distant as New Zealand and the west coast of the USA drove this home. Feedback from customers showed an increased appreciation for our products and services.
Large parts of South Australia were flooded over the past few days. The communities of Roxby Downs and Woomera were cut off from the rest of the state. BoM confirmed, "More than a dozen locations have recorded January records and more than half a dozen have recorded annual rainfall records."
All of the event data mentioned above is mapped into the company’s proprietary GIS system and Climatics platform. This enables the analysis, quantification and reporting of physical risk in Australia with unmatched accuracy and confidence.