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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.

Australia: WARNINGS CURRENT

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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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

TOP PRIORITY  – FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
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 [www.bom.gov.au/qld] 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 http://www.bom.gov.au 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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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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Nature’s DoS Attack on Australia

Posted by feww on January 2, 2011

Australia’s “Day of Reckoning?”

Floods Spread Threatening Other Regions of Australia

[DoS Attack: Denial of Service Attack]

UPDATE @ 14:30UTC, SUNDAY JANUARY 2, 2011

Australian Bureau of Meteorology Queensland Regional Office has issued the following TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

DAMAGING WIND, FLASH FLOODING, LARGE HAILSTONES

For people in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West and Maranoa and Warrego Forecast Districts.

Issued at 12:11 am Monday, 3 January 2011.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Charleville, Tambo, Springsure, Augathella and Mantuan Downs.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 3:15 am.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at http://www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Emergency Management Queensland would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.


SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING Map. Source: BOM. Click image to enlarge.

MTSAT-1R image of Australia Region


Image Source: Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Captured: Sunday 2 January 2011 06:30 UTC.  Click images to enlarge.

Fires in Sizzling West Australia


Western Australia was plagued by high temperatures that climbed to more than 40ºC (104º F) over the Christmas holiday and beyond. Hot, dry conditions appear to have caused large wildfires west of Pemberton. This natural-color image was captured by
MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite on December 29, 2010.  Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (551 KB, JPEG)

Flooded Rockhampton in Queensland, Australia


An aerial view of partially submerged houses in flooded Rockhampton in Australia’s state of Queensland January 2, 2011. Large parts of Australia’s coastal northeast were flooded on Sunday in a spreading environmental disaster as thousands of residents fled their homes to avoid the runoff from a Christmas deluge.  REUTERS/Daniel Munoz
. Click here for Reuters Image Gallery.

Warnings for Queensland:

Tropical Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone Warnings and Information

Current Warnings for New South Wales

Tropical Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone Warnings and Information

Current Warnings for Victoria

Current Warnings for South Australia

Current Warnings for Tasmania

Current Warnings for Western Australia

Tropical Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone Warnings and Information

Current Warnings for Western Australia

Tropical Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone Warnings and Information

Current Warnings for Northern Territory:

Tropical Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone Warnings and Information

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Links to Other Australian Disasters

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