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Global Floods Update – Australia

Posted by feww on January 14, 2011

Mega Floods Wreaking Havoc Across the Planet

Australia


Australia 24-hr Rainfall Map – Source: BOM


Australia Flood Map – Source: BOM


Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology.  Click image to enlarge.

CURRENT WARNINGS :

Torrential rain and floods sweep Victoria


Victoria Flood Map. Source: BOM

IDV36050
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology – Victoria

Flood Summary Issued at 3:42 pm EDT on Friday 14 January 2011.

The following Watches/Warnings are current:

  • Major Flood Warning for the Avoca River
  • Major Flood Warning for the Loddon River
  • Major Flood Warning for the Wimmera River
  • Major Flood Warning for the Lerderderg River
  • Major Flood Warning for the Campaspe River Downstream of Lake Eppalock.

[For a list of moderate and minor flood warnings click here!]

Flood Warnings, Flood Watches, River Height and Rainfall information are available on the Bureau of Meteorology web site at http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/. Flood Warnings and Flood Watches for Victorian Catchments are available on: Telephone Weather Service No. 1300 659217.

Queensland

  • About three-quarters of Australian state of Queensland have been affected by flooding since late 2010.
  • At least 70 cities, towns and communities have been inundated by floodwaters.
  • At least 26 people have been killed, as of posting, with up to 70 others still missing.
  • In the state capital Brisbane, Australia’s 3rd largest city, some 30,000 homes and business were inundate in the past 48 hours, the city mayor has said.

New South Wales: FLOOD EMERGENCY INFORMATION

Australian Bureau of Meteorology Has issued the following statement:

The recent heavy rain over SE QLD has caused flooding in northern NSW, especially along rivers with headwaters in the NSW Northern Tablelands. The coastal flowing Clarence River and westerly flowing Macintyre River experienced major flooding.

Flood levels on the faster flowing coastal rivers are now falling, but flood levels are still rising along the western rivers with many communities affected. There is currently major flooding at Boggabilla on the Macintyre River that will effect downstream locations throughout January into February. The main flood waters are expected to reach the Barwon River by late January.

In addition, floodwaters from the earlier rainfall in Queensland and NSW are also slowly moving down the Culgoa River, causing major flooding, and will prolong major flooding conditions in the Darling River at Bourke, and downstream, throughout January and into February.

La Niña Enhancing Australia Floods: NASA

“Although exacerbated by precipitation from a tropical cyclone, rainfalls of historic proportion in eastern Queensland, Australia have led to levels of flooding usually only seen once in a century,” said David Adamec, oceanographer at NASA’s GSFC.

“The copious rainfall is a direct result of La Nina’s effect on the Pacific trade winds and has made tropical Australia particularly rainy this year.”

“The solid record of La Nina strength only goes back about 50 years and this latest event appears to be one of the strongest ones over this time period,” said climatologist Bill Patzert of NASA’s JPL in California.

“This La Niña has strengthened for the past seven months, and is one of the most intense events of the past half century.”

“It is already impacting weather and climate all around the planet,” he added.

La Niña on Dec. 29, 2010


The La Niña is highlighted by the large pool of blue and purple (cooler than normal) water stretching from the eastern to the central Pacific Ocean, reflecting lower than normal sea surface heights.  Click images to enlarge.

Original Caption: The current state of this season’s La Nina is shown in this Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 satellite image of the Pacific Ocean, based on the average of 10 days of data centered on Dec. 26, 2010. The new image depicts places where the Pacific sea-surface height is higher (warmer) than normal as yellow and red, while places where the sea surface is lower (cooler) than normal are shown in blue and purple. Green indicates near-normal conditions. Sea-surface height is an indicator of how much of the sun’s heat is stored in the upper ocean. The La Nina cool waters stretch from the eastern to the central Pacific Ocean. Image credit: NASA JPL Ocean Surface Topography Team.

“War Zone” in the War Against Nature

Interestingly, the flood devastation in Queensland [as well as in NSW and Victoria] has been described as a “war zone” by both the Australian PM and Queensland premier, with the haunting task of recovery compared to “post-war” efforts.

Uncharacteristically, their portrayals of the ongoing catastrophes are true and accurate. Australians have long waged a three-pronged war against nature by way of their

  • Coal exports
  • Tourism Industry
  • Intensive Industrial Farming

Australians are also among world’s top CO2 polluters.

It’s no wonder then their war against nature is being lost one battle after another, as back-to-back disasters continue to plague the country.

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