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Nature to Aussies: “I know where you live!”

Posted by feww on February 16, 2011

Plagued by Back-to-Back Disasters

Australia: More Cyclones, Extreme Rain, Gale Force Winds, Flooding …

Nature’s responses are becoming increasingly up close and personal.

Cyclone Carlos buffets Darwin, Top End

Darwin and the Tiwi Islands continue to be pummeled by strong winds and torrential rain, as Cyclone Carlos edges closer to the coast.

  • Darwin received a record rainfall of 366mm in 24 hours.
  • CARLOS has dumped more rain on Darwin than YASI  did on Innisfail, weather reports say.
  • Record 435mm of rain fell in the Darwin suburb of Marrara in 24 hours.
  • Dozens of houses have already been inundated.
  • School has been canceled for the next two days.
  • Scores of trees and powerlines are down.
  • Darwin Airport has been closed indefinitely. 
  • Winds gusts of about 100kmph are currently pummeling   the coastal area between Darwin and Point Stuart.
  • Many roads in and around Darwin are currently flooded and impassible.

Tropical Cyclone Carlos Radar Image


TC Carlos — 128 km Darwin (Berrimah) Radar (BOM Australia)

Latest Australia Satellite Image


Source:  Australia
BOM

Tropical Cyclone CARLOS Projected Path


Issued by BOM Darwin at 7:44 pm CST Wednesday 16 February 2011. Click images to enlarge.

Details for: TC CARLOS

Tropical Cyclone DIANNE Projected Path


Details for: TC DIANNE

Australia 24-hr Rainfall Map

Australia Flood Map


Source BOM Australia. Click images to enlarge.

Australia: Wild Weather WARNINGS

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Australia: Cyclone Warning for Darwin

Posted by feww on February 15, 2011

Cyclone warning for Darwin and the Top End, BOM Australia says

Up to 24cm of rain fell at Dum-in-Mirrie, near Darwin, in the 24 hours to 9:00am local time Tuesday, while 17cm  fell in the Darwin suburb of Marrara as the tropical low moved over the Top End.


Source: AUST BOM. Click image to enlarge.

A tropical low located about 85km SW of Darwin at 5:00pm (ACDT) could develop into a tropical cyclone by Wednesday, and is forecast to move into the Beagle Gulf, BOM said.

“Gales with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour are expected to develop between Daly River Mouth and Point Stuart, including Darwin and the Tiwi Islands, during Wednesday.”

“Destructive winds with gusts to 130 kilometres per hour may develop over the Tiwi Islands late Thursday if the cyclone continues to intensify.

“Heavy rain may cause widespread flooding in the northern Darwin-Daly District.” BOM said.

NO Visitors!

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the Northern Territory Wildlife Park and the Darwin Botanic Gardens, the two venues have been declared unsafe due to the wild weather and are closed to visitors.

Details for: Tropical Low 1

Details for: Tropical Low 2

Australia: Wild Weather WARNINGS

Australia 24-hr Rainfall Map

Australia Flood Map


Source: BOM Australia

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YASI a Mega Cyclone

Posted by feww on February 2, 2011

YASI REVVING UP TO MAX POWER

YASI Now an Extremely Destructive Cat 5 Cyclone, as Forecast by FIRE-EARTH

BE WARNED! YASI looks set to dump the maximum possible precipitation available in the SW Pacific atmosphere, and some, over the state of Queensland.

THE FIRST PHASE OF COLLAPSE IS WELL AND TRULY UNDERWAY! IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO MOVE TO AUSTRALIA TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PLUNDER … THERE’S A LOT MORE WHERE THIS ONE CAME FROM.


MEGA CYCLONE YASI – Visible IR Satellite Image 2-km Res. Source: CIMSS.  See inset for time/date. Click image to enlarge.


Super Cyclone YASI – IR Satellite Image (NHC Enhancement). Source: CIMSS.  See inset for time/date. Click image to enlarge.


Cyclone YASI (Tropical Cyclone 11P). IR Satellite Image 2-km Res. Source: CIMSS.  See inset for time/date. Click image to enlarge.

MAX POWER – MAX PRECIPITATION

YASI looks set to dump the maximum possible precipitation available in the SW Pacific atmosphere, and some, over the state of Queensland, FIR-EARTH forecasts.


Cyclone YASI (Tropical Cyclone 11P). Water Vapor Satellite Image 8-km Res. Source: CIMSS.  See inset for time/date. Click image to enlarge.

NEW ERA for MEGA CYCLONES HAS STARTED?

‘SEVERE TC YASI IS A LARGE AND VERY POWERFUL TROPICAL CYCLONE AND POSES AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY WITHIN THE WARNING AREA, ESPECIALLY BETWEEN CAIRNS AND TOWNSVILLE.’ ~ Australia BOM

“THIS IMPACT IS LIKELY TO BE MORE LIFE THREATENING THAN ANY EXPERIENCED DURING RECENT GENERATIONS.”

“TC Yasi, CATEGORY 5, will continue to move in a west-southwesterly direction during the day. The cyclone is expected to cross the coast in the Innisfail area at about midnight.” BOM said.

YASI knocked out the Willis Island Radar as it passed overhead, JTWC said.

MEGA CYCLONE YASI: Forecast Track Map (BOM)


Map legend. Source: BOM

Frightening and Catastrophic

QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh has finally described Mega Cyclone YASI as a “frightening and catastrophic” cyclone telling a quarter of a million residents in the projected path of the storm they only have three hours left to run for their lives.

“Do not bother to pack bags, just grab each other and get to an area of safety.” Ms. Bligh has said.

Details for Mega Cyclone YASI (BOM)

Australian Region Infrared Satellite Image

Will you now end the energy plunder?
We doubt it!

AUSTRALIA WEATHER WARNINGS

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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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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

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NSW Flood Map

Australia Flood Map


Source: BOM


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


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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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SE Australia Toasted Brown

Posted by feww on December 12, 2009

3rd year of drought in Australia

No Relief in Sight for Farmers in Victoria and New South Wales!

Drought in SE Australia

September 7-22, 2005

September 7 – 22, 2009

Centered on the agricultural areas near the Murray River, Australia’s largest river, between Hume Reservoir and Lake Tyrrell, the satellite images show vegetation conditions for a 16-day period in the middle of September in 2005 and 2009 compared to the average mid-September conditions over the decade. Places with vegetation above the decadal average are green, average areas are off-white, areas where vegetation growth was below average are brown.

Here at the border between the state of Victoria (south of the Murray) and New South Wales (north of the river), mid-September is the height of the growing season for cereal grains, including wheat, barley, and oats.

While the overall pattern in each year is unmistakable—2005 was the last year of good growing conditions—there are localized differences in how crops responded to the climate. These differences could have numerous causes, from localized rainfall to variability in the drought-tolerance of an area’s predominant crop type. At the individual field level, a brown or green patch in a single year could indicate a crop that was struggling or flourishing, but it could also reflect a management decision to plant or harvest at a different time or to leave a field fallow.

The images collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. NASA images by Robert Simmon. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey, with assistance from Dath Mita and Curt Reynolds, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. [Edited by FEWW.]

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