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Brisbane on high alert for flooding

Posted by feww on January 9, 2011

Brisbane, Qld, is on high alert for flooding as more heavy rain forecast for Monday

Emergency services have warned residents to prepare for “wild weather.”

The following areas are flooding or cut off:

  • Maryborough,
  • The Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas
  • Pine Creek (south of Bundaberg)
  • Gympie, where electricity is cut off as a precaution

Heavy rain and flash floods also reported around Maleny, a small town about 90km (56 miles) north of Brisbane.

The Mary River is forecast to reach a high of about 17m overnight, a report said.

It takes very little rain much more rain to tip the balance, Emergency Management Queensland said.

“This year with all of the catchments primed and the river’s already flooding, that 200mm of rain… could mean the difference between a minor flood and a major flood.”

One-Week Rainfall Forecast (BOM)

Rainfall Forecast for Sunday 9 January 2011 to Sunday 16 January 2011

Queensland and NSW Flood Maps [9 January 2011] – Source: BOM


Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Posted on 9 January 2011 11:41 UTC

Flooding in Rockhampton, QLD, Australia


Image of Rockmapton flood acquired by ALI on NASA’s EO-1 satellite on January 9, 2011. “The Fitzroy River cuts through the upper right quadrant of the image, and just west of the river, relatively high land remains above the flood. All around that area, flood water predominates, including areas east of the river.” Source NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (4 MB, JPEG)

Queensland Warnings Summary

National Weather and Current Warnings

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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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Queensland Flooding: Disaster of “Biblical Proportions”

Posted by feww on January 1, 2011

Up to a quarter of a million people have been affected by “the worst floods in Queensland’s history,” 22 cities and towns inundated

Rockhampton, home to 78,000 people, bracing for 9m (30ft) floodwaters

The Fitzroy River is expected to reach at least 9m by Sunday afternoon, flooding about a half of the city of Rockhampton, reports say.

The city is expected to be isolated for about two weeks, as the airport closes to commercial flights.

Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser has warned of dire economic consequences, saying he would postpone his mid-year economic review to factor in the cost of the flood damage, a report said.

”In many ways, it is a disaster of biblical proportions,” he said from flood-hit town of Bundaberg.


Houses and surrounding land in the town of Theodore, about 410kms (255 miles) north west of Brisbane, are partially submerged by flood waters January 1, 2011. Queensland Police Service Handout via Reuters.

Queensland River Conditions


24-hr Rainfall for Queensland


Source BOM. Click here for other images.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

Meanwhile,The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) http://www.bom.gov.au has issued the following Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Flash Flooding

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for FLASH FLOODING

For people in parts of the
Peninsula,
Gulf Country and
Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders Forecast Districts.

Issued at 8:17 pm Saturday, 1 January 2011.


Warning Area Map. Source: BOM

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce very heavy rainfall and flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Georgetown, Croydon, Kowanyama and Forsayth.

  • Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
  • 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 11:20 pm.

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.

Warnings current:

Tropical Cyclone Warnings and Information

Details for: Tropical Low 1

Flood Map of Queensland


Queensland Flood Map. Source: BOM, via BBC.

Satellite Images of Flooding in Queensland


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False-color images using a combination of infrared and visible light to enhance the contrast between land and water taken by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite on December 31, 2010 (top), and December 28, 2009 (bottom). “Vegetation is bright green. Bare ground appears in shades of brick red and pinkish brown.” Source: NASA-EO. Download large image (3 MB, JPEG) Click images to enlarge.

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