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Army of ‘giant rats’ invade Goodna, Australia

Posted by feww on June 10, 2011

First Came the Floods

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Rats ‘the size of possums’ plague Goodna in flood-stricken QLD, Australia

“Some are as big as possums, they’re massive things,” a Goodna resident said.

“My greyhounds have caught a few big ones.”

“With so many abandoned properties around and mess everywhere, rats are bound to thrive.”


Giant rats are running amok in the flood-stricken suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. Photo: The Advertiser/via news.com.au. Image may be subject to copyright.

“People are intimidated by them, some get pretty comfortable if there’s enough of them around,” a pest control expert said. “One woman rang and said there was one on her front step, it just sat there looking at her.”

Moderator Notes:

Goodna is a suburb located on the eastern edge of Ipswich about 20 km from Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

The largest possum species is the Bear Cuscus, which could weigh up to 20lb.

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Severe Storms Attack Australia

Posted by feww on January 20, 2011

BACK-TO-BACK DISASTERS CONTINUE TO HIT QLD, VIC

Vicious Storms Attacking Queensland

Australian Region Infrared Satellite Image

Queensland Warnings Summary

Current Warnings

Victoria Farming Disaster

Floodwaters have submerged at least a third of the Australian state of Victoria, inundating at least 62 towns and killing hundreds of thousands of poultry and scores of other farm animals. Floods have damaged a reported 1,730 properties, affecting at least 4,300 people.


Click Image to enlarge. Source: Victorian Farmers Federation, ABARES, via The  Australian.

Flood Headlines

Towns isolated as floods swamp Victoria

Current Warnings

Flooding in the Australian Interior


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Floods continue  to spread across the interior of southeastern Australia, namely in the states of Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Both false-color images above use a combination of visible light and infrared to enhance the contrast between land and water. Water appears in shades of blue. The top image was captured by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite on on January 20, 2011, the bottom image on January 22, 2010. Source: NASA-EO

Victoria Floods – Satellite Images

Flooding in Victoria – January 2011


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Floodwaters continued to surge from Australia’s state of New South Wales to its southern neighbor Victoria on January 19, 2011 causing substantial damage to infrastructure and agricultural produce. These images use infrared and visible light to enhance contrast between land and water. Top image was captured by MODIS  on NASA’s
Terra satellite on January 19, 2011, bottom image nearly a year earlier on January 20, 2010. Water shows in shades of blue.

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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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8 dead 72 missing as ‘inland tsunami’ hits Qld

Posted by feww on January 11, 2011

UPDATE: 10 Killed, 78 Missing

An ‘inland tsunami’ kills at least 8 and leaves 72 missing in Grantham, near Toowoomba, Queensland

The deadly flash flood which triggered a 9m high wall of water surging through Grantham, a town west of the city of Toowoomba in Queensland, has been likened to an instant ‘inland tsunami’ by the local Police chief, Bob Atkinson.

Mayor Peter Taylor who who thought his city was safe, Toowoomba is 700 meters above sea level,  said:

“Torrential rain over a very short period of time came down two major creeks through the middle of the city which are normal quiet drainage ways and people had no warning at all.”

[Clearly, common sense does not operate under wet conditions in Australia. Moderator]

“It was just unprecedented. Some people are saying an inland tsunami, and I think that probably sums it up really.”

Floodwaters Surge Toward Brisbane

Meanwhile, residents in low-lying areas of Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city, have been urged by the authorities to evacuate their homes, as the biggest floods in at least 3 decades approaches.

The immediate areas threatened by the flood include about 9,000 homes and businesses.

Queensland 24-hr Rainfall Map 11 Jan 11


Source of images: BOM


Queensland Flood Map 11 Jan 11


Australia 24-hr Rainfall Map 11 Jan 11


‘Darkest hour’

“This has been a night of extraordinary events,” Queensland State Premier Anna Bligh told a news conference.

She called called the flash floods in Toowoomba Queensland’s “darkest hour” since the flood crisis began in December.

“The event that started in Toowoomba can only be described as a complete freak of nature, an extraordinary deluge that almost came out of nowhere,” she said .

“What we have here in Queensland tonight is a very grim and desperate situation.”

The Dead and Missing

As the floodwaters claim their 1oth victim (total of 20 dead since December) Ms Bligh says the number of missing people has been revised up to 78.

“Clearly as we get more information from families who are looking for their loved ones these numbers are going to fluctuate, but we now have 78 people unaccounted for,” she said.

“We have 10 deaths and we have at least 18 people for who we have very grave concerns for their safety.”

Finally what FIRE-EARTH has long been warning about:

Queensland: A Mega Disaster Zone

Ms Bligh said a disaster zone may be declared over a “significant region” of Queensland.

“We are just looking for an appropriate northern line and everything south of that would be declared [a Mega Disaster Zone,]” she said.

Latest Weather Observations for the Brisbane Area

Queensland Warnings Summary

Australia’s Latest Weather Warnings

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