Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cyclone Yasi damages to cost Australia billions

The Australian state of Queensland has been ravaged by the impact of Cyclone Yasi. Queensland, the northeast quarter of Australia, had already been inundated by record floods and had to endure the impact of Yasi, a Category 5 storm. Destruction is catastrophic. Category Yasi is approximated to have brought on $2 billion in loss at the least. Australia has such a high amount of destruction that personal loans alone would never be large enough to cover the costs of fixing the destruction.

Devastating agriculture is Cyclone Yasi

Just after the Australian state of Queensland had experienced the most severe flooding in a century, Cyclone Yasi slammed into the region. The cyclone ended up being a Category 5 rather than the predicted Category 4. This change occurred right before it hit. Initially the size of Hurricane Katrina, the storm grew to nearly as large as the United States, according to the Christian Science Monitor. There is a ton of destruction that was caused by the storm in Queensland which means the chief agricultural areas of Australia were hurt. The agricultural losses are already thought to be at least $1 billion, with another billion in destroyed property. An approximated 30 percent of the sugar cane crop in Australia is anticipated to be lost, which could cost as much as $500 million. There was also a huge loss of the Australian banana crop. About 75 percent was lost.

Costs of food increased

News of the possibility of the cyclone and crops lost went around. Reuters reports that this caused a huge rise in food prices. The U.S. lost a ton of wheat in the snowstorms that hit while Australia lost a ton of banana and sugar cane crops in this storm. Together, the price of bread, sugar and bananas are all going up. American wheat prices currently have begun rising in the wake of the winter storm, which has been nicknamed “Stormageddon.” With all the freezing temperatures coming in after the snow storm ended, half of the United States has snow and ice everywhere.

Lots of hurt from La Nina

There is a weather pattern that has caused the weather to occur the way it has this year. This is because it is a "La Nina" year, the Telegraph reports. The phenomenon outcomes in lower ocean surface temperatures and atmospheric pressure, which is the opposite impact that an El Niño has. Results of La Niña periods are often wetter, colder winters in the United States and Canada along with milder summers. There is a rainier season in the southern hemisphere. You will find also generally stronger cyclones that hit.

Articles cited

Christian Science Monitor

csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2011/0204/US-sized-Cyclone-Yasi-could-cost-Australia-more-than-2-billion

Reuters

reuters.com/article/2011/02/03/us-food-prices-idUSTRE71223720110203?pageNumber=1

The Telegraph

telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/8297904/Cyclone-Yasi-La-Nina-and-record-ocean-temperatures-behind-storm.html



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