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Posted by feww on February 5, 2011

More wild weather, storms, heavy rain and flash floods wreak havoc across Victoria

Victoria was buffeted by the tail of cyclone YASI, as it moved south, having first devastated the Queensland coast.

“Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs were among the worst-affected, with Lyndhurst recording 181 millimetres of rain in the 30 hours to 3pm yesterday. Melbourne’s CBD copped 83 millimetres. A record rainfall of 174 millimetres in Mildura, in the state’s north-west, reportedly left vineyards waist-deep in water. There were ”hailstones as big as golf balls.”’ Source

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Australian Region Infrared Satellite Image

Victoria Rainfall Map

Source: BOM Aust.

The ‘Devil’ and its Tail


“Driving rain and winds of more than 130km/h battered much of the state on Friday night and Saturday morning, cutting power to more than 32,000 homes, crippling public transport and forcing the rescue of 90 people from flooded cars and homes.” Said a report.

At least 6,000 residents in towns Iona, Coralynn and Bayles and Koo Wee Rup have been ordered to evacuate their homes by 21:30 local time, the report added.

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Cyclone YASI Rainfall Rates – Satellite Images

Posted by feww on February 4, 2011

TRMM Images of Cyclone YASI Rainfall Rates

YASI crossed  Australia’s coast of Queensland around midnight on February 2. Shortly before landfall, the mega cyclone was packing sustained winds of 250km/hr (155mph), with wind gusts of up to 305 km/hr (189 mph), the Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported.

TRMM satellite flew above YASI at 03:39 UTC (Feb. 2 at 10:39 p.m. EST/1:39 p.m. Australia local time) and captured data for this image.  “Yasi was still dropping moderate to heavy rain over Australia in an area southeast of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The yellow and green areas indicate moderate rainfall between .78 to 1.57 inches per hour. Red areas are heavy rainfall at almost 2 inches per hour.”Source: NASA

A Day Earlier…

TRMM satellite took this image of YASI rainfall at 19:27 UTC on February 2, 2011 about 5 hours after Yasi had made landfall. “It shows the immense size of the storm with rainbands swirling clockwise around the center stretching from the southern part of the Gulf of Carpentaria to midway down the northeast coast of Queensland.” Source: NASA. Click images to enlarge.

Australian Region Infrared Satellite Image

Source: AUST BOM

“The first Yasi-related death was announced today after a 23-year-old man was found dead in his home last night. Police said he was killed by fumes from a generator he was running inside a closed room after the storm knocked out electricity.”Source

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Posted by feww on February 3, 2011

YASI Still a CAT 2 Cyclone Leaving a Trail of Destruction in its Path

Innisfail, Mission Beach, Tully, Tully Heads and Cardwell have borne the brunt of the category five mega cyclone, early reports say.

The mega  cyclone made landfall between Innisfail and Cardwell about midnight local time. The eye took more than an hour to cross the coast.


Issued at 7:48 am EST Thursday 3 February 2011. Refer to Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 32 [mirrored below.]

Map legend. Source: BOM

The ‘Devil’ and its Tail


Australian Region Infrared Satellite Image

Source: Australia Bom

YASI: About 14 hours after landfall …

Source: CIMSS

Infrared Image of Cyclone YASI taken by AIRS

At 03:29 UTC /1:29 p.m. Australia local time on Febr. 2 (10:29 p.m. EST, Feb. 1), the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument captured an infrared image of Cyclone Yasi as its center was just southeast of Willis Island. The infrared image showed powerful thunderstorms with strong convection and heavy rainfall (purple) surrounding a large area around a very clear eye. Image and caption: NASA

A Trail of Destruction: More, Even Bigger Disasters to Follow

“Cyclone YASI has almost wiped out Australia’s banana industry and vast tracts of caneland, with plantations flattened by the fierce winds,” a report said.

Banana crops destroyed b y YASI. Crops intended for human consumption destroyed by yet another human-enhanced disaster. The storm surge has left a vast area under water. Source: News Limited via the Australian. Image may be subject to copyright.

The Sheer Power of YASI. A freeze frame from Australian TV. Image may be subject to copyright.

IDQP0005 – Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Queensland — Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: Transmitters serving the area from Port Douglas to Bowen and inland to Richmond and Croydon are requested to USE the Standard Emergency Warning Signal
before broadcasting the following warning.

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 32 — Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane  —  Issued at 7:46am EST on Thursday the 3rd of February 2011

A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal and island communities from Cairns to Ayr, extending west across the tropical interior to Mt. Isa.

At 8:00 am EST Tropical Cyclone Yasi, Category 2 was estimated to be 110 kilometres south southeast of Georgetown and 245 kilometres west southwest of Cardwell and moving southwest at 38 kilometres per hour.


The DESTRUCTIVE CORE of Yasi, with gusts in excess of 125 km/h, will weaken as it continues to move in a west-southwesterly direction. Yasi is south-east of Georgetown and will be near Mt Isa tonight as a tropical depression.

DAMAGING WINDS, with gusts above 90 km/hr, are occurring along the coast and extend inland to Georgetown and Hughenden. They will extend further west towards Richmond and Julia Creek during the day.

HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDES and large waves will continue between Port Douglas and Ayr and sea levels may again exceed the high water mark on the morning high tide.

FLOOD RAINS will continue along the coast and ranges, with heavy rains extending across the adjacent inland.

FLOOD WARNINGS are current for a number of rivers between Cairns and Mackay.

People in the path of the dangerous cyclone should stay calm and remain in a secure shelter while the destructive winds continue.
– Do not venture outside if you find yourself in the eye of the cyclone; destructive winds from a different direction could resume at any time.
– Follow the advice or directions of Police, Emergency Services personnel and local authorities.
– For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland’s Disaster Management Services website []
– For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service [SES] on 132 500 [for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage].

Details of Tropical Cyclone Yasi at 8:00 am EST:
.Centre located near…… 19.2 degrees South 143.9 degrees East
.Location accuracy…….. within 35 kilometres
.Recent movement………. towards the southwest at 38 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre… 140 kilometres per hour
.Severity category…….. 2
.Central pressure……… 983 hectoPascals

Please ensure that neighbours have heard and understood this message, particularly new arrivals or those who may not fully understand English.

The next advice will be issued by 11:00 am EST Thursday 03 February.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau’s website at or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

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Queensland Warnings Summary

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Queensland Floods Spread to NSW

Posted by feww on January 7, 2011

Back-to-Back Disasters Could Hit Australia

Australia: Rainfall Forecast

BOM Forecast: Total Rainfall [07 to 14 Jan 2011]

B.O.M. Product Code: IDYPME04

Queensland Flood Map

(Click images to enlarge)

NSW Flood Map

Australia Flood Map

Source: BOM

Click images to enlarge. Download large image (5 MB, JPEG) — captured January 6, 2011

Download large image
(5 MB, JPEG) — captured December 12, 2010

Queensland floodwaters move south of the state border affecting the village of Goodooga in New South Wales, Australia, in early January 2011.  The two false-color images were taken by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite before and after the flood waters crossed the state border. The top image was captured on January 6, 2011, and the bottom on December 12, 2010“Both images use a combination of infrared and visible light to increase the contrast between water and land. Water ranges in color from light blue to navy. Clouds appear light blue-green and cast shadows onto the land surface below. Vegetation is bright green. Bare ground appears in shades of pink-brown. The rectangular areas of fluorescent green and light blue south of the river belong to an irrigation station.” Source: NASA-EO.

Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Posted on 7 January 2011 14:08 UTC

Heavy rainfall leading to localised flash flooding and potentially worsening the existing river flood situation
For people in the Southeast Coast and Wide Bay and Burnett districts. —
Issued at 10:50 pm on Friday 7 January 2011

Synoptic Situation: At 10pm EST, an upper level low was located offshore fromthe Capricornia district while a low level trough was located near the Wide Baycoast.

Heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms are currently occurring about the southern Wide Bay and Burnett district and are forecast to develop about the Sunshine Coast during Saturday morning, and remaining parts of the Southeast Coast district on Saturday afternoon. Heavy rain may lead to localised flash floodingand/or worsen existing river flooding.

Flood warnings are current for various rivers and streams in these districts;refer to these products [] for further information.

The State Emergency Service advises that people in the affected area should:
· avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters
· take care on the roads, especially in heavy downpours
· avoid swimming in swollen rivers and creeks

Contact the SES on 132 500 for emergency assistance if required.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5am Saturday

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau’s website at or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

Queensland Warnings Summary

New South Wales Warnings Summary

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Rio Tinto Uranium Mine Leaks Toxins into Kakadu National Park, Australia

Posted by feww on June 9, 2010

Rio Tinto: Another Multinational the World Would be better Off Without

The stunning wetlands of the Kakadu National Park in far-north Australia are experiencing a huge decline in tourists as eager visitors are stopped short by reluctant hosts and a sea of red-tape. Blood red-signs at the borders of Arnhem Land warn visitors that entry is prohibited without a permit, and paved roads turn immediately to pocked gravel paths that disappear under crocodile-rich floodwaters for nearly six months of the year. Image and Caption Reuters. Image may be subject to copyright.

One of Rio Tinto’s uranium mines in Australia has leaked toxins into a river that enters the wetlands of the Kakadu National Park, Australia, Reuters reported a bi-weekly analysis of companies in the news by ASSET4 data providers showing. More information …

Ranger Uranium Mine in Kakadu National Park. Image Credit:  Stephen Codrington.

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