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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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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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Australia: Back-to-Back Disasters Hit Vic

Posted by feww on January 16, 2011

Victoria’s flood crisis to continue for days

Forty-three towns and nearly a third of Victoria have been inundated

At least 1400 properties across the Australian state of Victoria have been inundated, as 3,500 people are  forced to flee their homes.


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

Some 43 towns  have been affected by the floods,  said to be the worst flooding to hit northern and northwestern Victoria since records began 130 years ago.


A map of flooded areas in the state of Victoria. Source. Image may be subject to copyright.

The towns of Echuca, Horsham  and Kerang were expected to be hit by massive flooding as rivers in the ares peak overnight,  reports say.

”The message to Victorians is that we are not out of the woods yet as far as this flood crisis is concerned,” the State Emergency Service spokesman said. ”In some of our river systems we are seeing unprecedented stream rises.”

‘We anticipate parts of the central business district and areas to the west of the Campaspe river in Echuca to be impacted,” he said.

“Rochester, on the Campaspe, which reached a record height of 9.5m, far in excess of the previous record set in 1956, and Charlton on the Avoca, which peaked at 8.05m on Saturday, are among the towns worst hit so far,” a report said.

About 80 per cent of both towns have been inundated.

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Brisbane Bruised and Bloodied

Posted by feww on January 13, 2011

Australia Flood Disasters Round One:  Brisbane Bruised and Bloodied

The Brisbane River peaked at 4.46m (14.6ft) at about 05:30 local time today (19:30UTC Wednesday), which was less than a meter lower than the 1974 peak.

However, floodwaters have submerged about 3 dozen suburbs in Brisbane and large areas of Ipswhich, causing widespread damage.

Flood Facts

  • The Brisbane River peaked at 4.46m (14.6ft) at about 05:30 local time Thursday (19:30UTC Wednesday)
  • Water levels  are expected to remain high for at least 12 hours.
  • Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city, is said to be experiencing the worst flooding in at least 50 years.
  • Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes.
  • About 25,000 homes are either partially or totally flooded.
  • Floodwaters have caused substantial damage to infrastructure.
  • Large areas of Brisbane and Ipswich remain under water.
  • At least one death was reported in the area as a result of flooding.
  • A list of flooded suburbs released by Brisbane City Council includes:   Albion,  Auchenflower, Bowen Hills, Brisbane City, Bulimba, Chelmer, Coorparoo, East Brisbane, Fairfield, Fig Tree Pocket, Fortitude Valley, Graceville, Hemmant, Indooroopilly, Kangaroo Point, Lytton, Murrarie, New Farm, Newstead, Norman Park, Oxley, Pinkenba, Rocklea, Sherwood, South Brisbane, Tennyson, Toowong, Windsor, Wacol, Yeronga, Yeerongpilly
  • A partial list of inundated suburbs of Ipswich is available HERE.
  • Drinking water supplies are a major concern in many areas, especially in the Lockyer Valley.
  • About 120,000 properties in Queensland are without electricity.
  • Confirmed death toll from flooding has now reached 15 19 from this week’s flooding (12 died in TooWoomba; total of 29 in Queensland since December) with a reported 61 people still missing.

Brisbane Flood Map


Source: Brisbane City Council

Larger Flood Maps (PDF)

Queensland’s Premier Anna Bligh said: “This is still a very dangerous situation and we have thousands of people who are waking this morning to the total devastation of either their homes, businesses – for some people it’s both.

“We should be very mindful that Mother Nature has done shocking and devastating damage. People are living, at the moment, in what I would call a post-war zone.”

“Post-War Zone”

Brisbane residents awoke to the “post-war zone” this morning with entire suburbs submerged under water.  “The worst flood in 50 years” has caused widespread destruction to the infrastructure throughout the area, a report said.

“It’s a very mixed story here today, there is some relief and I’m grateful Mother Nature hasn’t been as terrible as she could have been, but people are waking up to unbearable agony across our city today,” Blight told reporters.

“We’ve seen scenes of unbelievable devastation and destruction: entire suburbs where only rooftops can be glimpsed, whole big workplaces are completely under water.”

“Whole industrial parks (and) railway stations under water, bridges, roads all closed. What I’m seeing looks more like a war zone in some places,” she said.

Bligh described the scale of damage as massive requiring “post-war” rebuilding effort.

Floodwaters Kill Two

Two Seven Brisbane area deaths have raised this week’s toll in SE Queensland to 15 19, a total of 25 29 reported deaths in Qld since December.

“Early reports indicated the man walked around road closed signs into property that is believed to be his father’s property to check that property,” Premier Blight said.

“Unfortunately as he walked he was sucked into a stormwater drain.”

A second death has since been reported.

Excerpts from News Reports

Extra police deployed to prevent looting

“Extra police are being brought in to patrol vast flooded areas in Brisbane and Ipswich to provide security and prevent looting.” Source

Looters target Ipswich flood victims

“IPSWICH was dealing with a scourge worse than the floods after looters broke into unattended homes and businesses.” Source

“The small town of Goondiwindi in Queensland’s south-west is on high alert, with fears the flooding Macintyre River could breach the town’s levee bank.” Source

Forecast Total Rainfall


Forecast for Friday 14 January 2011 to Friday 21 January 2011. Source Australia BOM.

Latest Weather Observations for the Brisbane Area

Queensland Warnings Summary

Australia’s Latest Weather Warnings

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Queensland Flooding – Satellite Images

Posted by feww on January 6, 2011

Fitzroy Basin Flooding – Satellite Images


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Images of Fitzroy Basin rivers in Australia’s state of Queensland captured by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite.  Top image was taken on January 4, 2011 and the lower image on December 14, 2010. The contrast between the two images is striking. The true-color images were taken with infrared light to accentuate the presence of water on the ground.  Source: NASA-EO.


False-color image of Rockhampton and surrounding area acquired by ASTER on NASA’s Terra satellite on January 5, 2011. The top image is a close-up. ” Vegetation is red. Clouds are light blue and cast shadows onto the land surface below. Buildings appear as isolated patches of gray-blue within the grid pattern of the city streets. Water, including floodwater, ranges in color from medium blue to light blue.” Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (6 MB, JPEG).


Heavy flooding
in Queensland is sending large volumes of turbid, nutrient-replete water toward Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This is not good news for the already stressed ecosystem which needs — among other factors — clear water and low nutrient concentrations to thrive. The above plume from the Burdekin River was viewed by the Aqua-MODIS instrument on January 4, 2011. The broader version of the image shows similar outflow from other rivers in the region such as the Fitzroy farther south. Image and caption: NASA. Click image to enlarge.

FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FITZROY RIVER BASIN

IDQ20765 – Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology – Queensland
Issued at 7:02 AM on Thursday the 6th 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 has remained steady at about 9.15 metres overnight following yesterday’s peak of 9.2 metres.  Levels will fall very slowly on Thursday and Friday with very little change. Rockhampton river levels are expected to remain above 8.5 metres (major) until late next week.

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

COMET RIVER:
Major flooding will continue to ease along the Comet River into the weekend.

MACKENZIE RIVER:
Moderate to major flooding is occurring along the Mackenzie River, where the main flood peak is now downstream of Tartrus. levels will fall gradually between the Comet confluence and Tartrus.

DAWSON RIVER:
Rainfall overnight is expected to lead to renewed rises along the Dawson River. Moderate flood levels are expected at Taroom during Friday extending to the Glebe area during the weekend. Downstream at Theodore, Moura and Baralaba, levels will continue to fall into the weekend before renewed rises and minor, possibly moderate flooding during next week but will remain well below the recent high level flood peaks.

Queensland Warnings Summary

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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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Flooding in SW Qld Australia

Posted by feww on March 9, 2010

Satellite images of Flooding in SW Queensland, Australia [Before and After Flooding]

Image acquired on March 8, 2010

Image acquired on February 23, 2010
Images of SW Queensland were taken by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite.  Vegetation appears bright green; clouds are sky blue; water is electric blue to navy. Credit: NASA.  Click images to enlarge.

Local farmers have have reportedly lost hundreds of tons of grain. More than 200 km of fencing, and large stretches of road have been destroyed or damaged.

According to Cotton Australia 16,000 hectares of cropland has been affected by floods to varying degrees, but the full extent of damage will be known after the flood waters have receded, a report said.

Most of the losses have occurred around St George, Dirranbandi and Theodore.

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