Australia is experiencing its worst drought in 100 years, due to the widening ozone hole. The ozone hole was once thought to only affect skin cancer rates in Australia, by letting in more ultraviolet light. But now it’s been discovered that ozone acts with changing winds to blow the rain clouds away.
Mark Horstman writes in ABC Australia Online that an accelerating vortex of winds moving at 100 miles an hour is pulling rain clouds away from Australia and into the Southern Ocean. Meteorologist David Jones says, “We can’t just look at natural variability or greenhouse climate change in isolation?we also have to factor in ozone.”