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YASI TAIL BUFFETS VICTORIA

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


MEGA CYCLONE YASI QUEENSLANDING – MTSAT- Enhanced satellite image – NOAA

“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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Australia Floods: ‘Inland sea’ spreads across Victoria

Posted by feww on January 23, 2011

Mega Disasters Continue to Unfold in Australia

Massive inland sea of floodwater, 100km long, spreads across the Victoria

The floodwater is wiping out farms as it moves deeper into the north-west corner of Australian state of Victoria, reports say.

The Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu, said an inland sea was  flowing into the north-west of the state:

“From the air this vast mass of water is making its way down the rivers and it’s on its way to Swan Hill, it’s on its way to the Murray and preparations continue in all these downstream towns.”


Inland Sea – Floodwaters around the town of Kerang. Landholders are trying to save what they can on their farms by moving livestock and machinery to higher ground. Image credit: ABC. Image may be subject to copyright .

“This has been a long battle and people are starting to get tired. This flood incident still has a number of weeks to go.” The State Emergency Service’s Kevin Monk said.

Australia Flood Map


Queensland Flood Map

New South Wales Flood Map


Victoria Flood Map


Source of Flood Maps: BOM

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Victoria Flood Update: 46 Towns Affected

Posted by feww on January 17, 2011

The town of Horsham and township of Rupanyup threatened by raging floodwaters

The town of Echuca remains submerged after the Campaspe River peaked overnight at 95.75 meters AHD just after 9pm Sunday. The river has since marginally receded to 95.6m.

[Moderator’s Note: AHD is acronym for the Australian Height Datum, the mean sea level for 1966-1968, which was assigned the value of zero. ]

State Emergency Services has received about 6,000 calls for help, as 46 Victorian towns are affected by flooding, reports say.

In Horsham, western Victoria, SES is expecting the worst floods in more than 100 years.

“The Avoca River is also threatening towns including Quambatook, Culgoa, Boort and Donald, while Kerang is expected to be cut off in the coming days,” according to a report.

Status of Other Victorian Rivers:

  • “At the Rochester Syphon the Campaspe River peaked at a record flood level of 9.17 metres (Major Flood Level 9.1 metres) during Saturday evening. This is higher than the 1983 flood peak of 9.15 metres. The current level is 9.02 metres and gradually falling (Moderate Flood Level 8.8 metres). It is expected that the river will remain above the moderate flood level until Tuesday
    afternoon/evening.”
  • “In the township of Rochester the river level peaked above the highest gauge level (114.8 metres) well above the Major Flood Level (114.5 metres). The river is now falling, but is expected to remain above the Moderate Flood Level (114 metres) until Tuesday afternoon/evening.” BOM said.
  • “The Murray River at the Echuca Wharf gauge is currently at 92.51 metres and rising slowly.”

Latest Significant River Heights:

  • Campaspe R. D/S L. Eppalock 158.03m steady 10:45 AM MON 17/01/11
  • Campaspe R. D/S L. Eppalock 158.03m steady 10:45 AM MON 17/01/11
  • Campaspe R. at Rochester Syp. 9.02m steady 10:45 AM MON 17/01/11
  • Campaspe R. at Echuca 95.6m AHD 08:30 AM MON 17/01/11
  • Murray R. at Echuca Wharf 92.51m rising 10:45 AM MON 17/01/11 (SOURCE: BOM)
  • Wimmera R. at Walmer 3.92m rising 03:44 PM MON 17/01/11
  • Wimmera R. at Quontong Br. 6.97m rising 03:45 PM MON 17/01/11
  • Wimmera R. U/S Dimboola 5.11m steady 03:39 PM MON 17/01/11
  • Glenelg R. at Sandford 5.2m steady 01:00 PM SUN 16/01/11
  • Ovens R. at Wangaratta 11.71m steady 08:30 AM MON 17/01/11
  • Broken R. at Broken Weir 177.11m steady 05:07 AM SUN 16/01/11
  • Seven Cks. at Kialla West 4.15m falling 09:36 AM MON 17/01/11
  • Goulburn R. at Goulburn Weir DS 119.96m steady 02:58 PM MON 17/01/11
  • Castle Ck. at Arcadia 1.14m steady 03:21 PM MON 17/01/11
  • Goulburn R. at Arcadia Downs 9.71m rising 03:40 PM MON 17/01/11
  • Seven Cks. at Kialla West 4.02m steady 03:06 PM MON 17/01/11
  • Broken R. at Orrvale 5.88m steady 03:27 PM MON 17/01/11
  • Goulburn R. at Shepparton 9.42m rising 03:31 PM MON 17/01/11
  • Goulburn R. at McCoys Bridge 5.96m rising 02:30 PM MON 17/01/11
  • Loddon R. at Kerang 77.13m steady 02:45 PM MON 17/01/11
  • Avoca R. at Charlton D/S 7.10m falling 05:30 PM MON 17/01/11

Victorian Warnings Summary

Flood Threat Advice

IDD20510- Australian Government Bureau of MeteorologyNorthern Territory
Darwin Regional Forecasting Centre

FLOOD THREAT ADVICE
Issued by the BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY, DARWIN at 1100 CST Monday 17 JANUARY 2011

AREA INVOLVED: Darwin-Daly District.

RAINFALL SUMMARY
In the 24 hours to 9 am today there were scattered falls 10-20 mm over the Darwin-Daly District with very isolated falls 30-60 mm.

WEATHER SUMMARY
The monsoon trough lies to the south of the Top End and is expected to slip south a little before moving back north mid week. Scattered showers and isolated
thunderstorms with overnight rain periods will continue over the Darwin-Daly District.

FORECAST
for the rest of today and Tuesday Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms with overnight rain periods will result in scattered falls of 20-40mm over the Darwin-Daly District. Isolated heavy falls 50-80 mm possible. These totals may cause significant stream rises and localised flooding.

OUTLOOK for Wednesday and Thursday Scattered showers and isolated storms with scattered falls of 20-40 mm over the Darwin-Daly District, with isolated heavy falls 50-80 mm possible in the west. These totals may cause significant stream rises and localised flooding.

NEXT ADVICE
Around 11 am Tuesday.

DARWIN Regional Forecasting Centre.

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TROPICAL CYCLONE | NSW/ACT | VIC | QLD | WA | TAS | NT

QLD Flood Update:

Queensland Premier has announced a commission of inquiry into the state’s devastating floods, as she confirmed the death toll in the disaster has climbed to 20 [total of 30 since December,] a report said.

At least 16 other people are still unaccounted for.

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Mosquitoes Plague Flooded Rockhampton

Posted by feww on January 4, 2011

QLD Flood Toll Reaches 10

Swarms of Infected Mosquitoes Plague Rockhampton as Floodwaters Isolate City

Australia’s Disasters Continue to Unfold

PRIORITY: FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FITZROY RIVER BASIN

Issued at 7:14 PM on Tuesday the 4th of January 2011 by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane.

Major flooding continues along the Dawson, Comet, Mackenzie and Fitzroy Rivers.

The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton was 9.2 metres at 3:15pm Tuesday and rising slowly with major flooding.

The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton is expected to peak up to 9.4 metres on Wednesday and remain above the major flood level of 8.5 metres for 1 week after the peak.

CONNORS/ISAAC RIVER SYSTEM:
Moderate flooding will continue to ease on the Isaac River at Yatton.

COMET RIVER:
Major flooding will continue to ease along the Comet River during this week.

MACKENZIE RIVER:
Major flooding is occurring along the Mackenzie River, where the main flood peak is now downstream of Tartrus.

DAWSON RIVER:
Major flooding extends downstream from Taroom between The Glebe area through to Knebworth, including the towns of Theodore, Moura and Baralaba. The main flood peak is currently in the Baralaba area, where flood levels will remain above the major flood level (9 metres) until at least Sunday. Major flood levels at Theodore and Moura are expected to continue to fall during this week.

FITZROY RIVER:
The Fitzroy River at Riverslea continues to fall. At 5:30pm Tuesday the river was at 26.56 metres with major flooding. Levels at Riverslea are expected to continue to fall very slowly during this week.

At Yaamba, flood levels currently remain steady near the peak, where at 6pm Tuesday the river level was 16.55 metres and steady.

The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton was 9.20 metres at 3:15pm Tuesday and rising slowly with major flooding. Rockhampton is expected to peak up to 9.4 metres during Wednesday. This is similar to the 1991 (9.3m) and 1954 (9.4m) flood levels. Rockhampton river levels are expected to remain above 8.5 metres (major) for 1 week after the peak.

Predicted River Heights/Flows:

DAWSON RIVER at:

Theodore: Major flood levels will fall slowly through this week and remain above major flood level (12 metres) until the weekend.

Moura: Major flood levels will fall slowly through this week.

Baralaba: Major flood levels will fall but remain above major flood level (9 metres) until the weekend.

FITZROY RIVER at:

Yaamba: Remain around the major flood peak of 16.55 metres overnight. River levels to remain high for several days.

Rockhampton: Peak up to 9.4 metres during Wednesday, and remaining above 8.5 metres for 1 week after the peak.

Weather Forecast:
Scattered showers and possible thunderstorms. [SOURCE: BOM]

Warnings and River Height Bulletins are available at
http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/

Floodwaters are surging into the city of Rockhampton, which is almost entirely isolated.

“We’re really still in the middle of an unfolding disaster.” said QLD premier Anna Bligh, as the forecasters reported that Fitzroy River will crest on Wednesday, possibly Thursday.

At least 1,000 homes have been evacuated, as of posting, just before a 9.1m surge of floodwater swamped most of the central Queensland city of Rockhampton.

The health authorities fear an outbreak of Ross River virus, a debilitating infection, which is all but inevitable after large swarms of mosquitoes plague sewage-infested Rockhampton [as well as other populated areas throughout the flood-stricken Queensland and NSW.]

“Rates of the disease – spread to humans by mosquitoes that have fed on infected kangaroos and wallabies – will at least double, said Stephen Doggett, a senior scientist at Westmead Hospital, and could rise much higher.”

The health authorities are concerned about outbreaks of other types of skin and blood infections, as well as snake and spider bites as the cleanup operations begin, a health official expert said.

Tourism Harms the Planet and Can Kill You!


Police rescue German tourists near the northern town of Jabiru after their car became stuck going through crocodile-infested waters. (Northern Territory police /via LA Times. January 3, 2011)

“Truly Startling”

Prime Minister Julia Gillard on an aerial tour of the town of Emerald called the disaster area as “truly startling.”

She said it was “a major natural disaster” and recovery would take “a significant amount of time.”

“You see how widespread the floodwaters are and how affected Emerald is, how many houses have been affected,” she declared. “The patches that are not covered by floodwaters are a lot less than the area that is covered by floodwaters, so it’s a very tough time in Emerald.”

Wheat Shortage

The impact of severe flooding in Australia goes beyond the local communities and would probably lead to wheat shortages and an increase in the price of food.

The flooding in Queensland and NSW may have destroyed up to 20 million tons of wheat and barley crops.

FORECAST: More Rain!


Image Source: Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Image posted at: Sunday 4 January 2011 09:49UTC.  Click images to enlarge.

Total Rainfall Forecast


Source: BOM

Recent Rainfall Map


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Queensland: Rainfall Map (3 months)

Queensland: Warnings Summary

Flood Warnings, Rainfall and River Information

Australia Current Warnings

NSW/ACT | VIC | QLD | WA | TAS | NT

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Queensland Flood Update – 3 Jan 2011

Posted by feww on January 3, 2011

Two More Severe Thunderstorm Warnings Issued for Queensland

Rockhampton Deluge

Up to a half of the city of Rockhampton could be affected by a 9.4m surge of floodwater as Fitzroy River crests on Wednesday, threatening more than 4,000 homes.

Death toll from flood-related incidents in Queensland has climbed to three.

“This is a major natural disaster and recovery will take a significant amount of time.” Australian PM said.

“The extent of flooding being experienced by Queensland is unprecedented and requires a national and united response.”

“Given the scale and size of this disaster and the prospect that we’ll see waters sitting for potentially a couple of weeks. We will continue to have major issues to deal with throughout January,” Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh told reporters.

The cost of flood damage may have already exceeded $10billion, FIRE-EARTH estimates.


Image Source: Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Image posted at: Sunday 3 January 2011 11:26 UTC.  Click images to enlarge.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Southeast Queensland 1,

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warns that, at 1:35 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Toowoomba.


Source BOM. Click image to enlarge.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Queensland 1,

  • Issued at 1:39 pm Monday, 3 January 2011.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Bollon, Oakey, Mitchell, Taroom, Rolleston and Springsure.

Links to Current Warnings

Additional Weather Warnings for Australia

Australia UV Index today


Source BOM. Click image to enlarge.

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