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Flood crisis spreads to 5 Australian states

Posted by feww on January 15, 2011

Flood emergencies erupt in NSW, South Australia and Victoria

Flood emergencies flare up in NSW, South Australia and Victoria forcing at least  2,000 people out of their homes after heavy rain hit the region.

At least 12 towns in the northern and and northwestern parts of the state of Victoria have been evacuated this week and a dozen more are likely to be affected, State Emergency Services said.

“Floodwaters are expected to hit the Riverina town of Echuca early on Sunday after record summer rainfalls continued to cause widespread damage to homes, businesses and critical infrastructure,” a report said.

Residents in the towns of Boort and Donald, while several communities in central Victoria remain without electricity and water, the report added.


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

“Authorities in Victoria yesterday called on all 1000 residents of Carisbrook to evacuate to nearby Maryborough as the waters threatened homes,” a report said.


Australia Flood Map. Source: BOM

Meanwhile, hundreds of homes in Beaufort, Charlton, northwest of Bendigo, have either been inundated or “were under grave threat,” according to the Victoria State Emergency Service.

“The SES in South Australia last night warned residents of Naracoorte, 336km southeast of Adelaide, to prepare for potential flooding.” The report added.

“And in NSW, about 70 homes in the border township of Boggabilla, in the state’s north, were surrounded by water last night, and water was flowing through the nearby Aboriginal settlement of Toomelah.”

BOM News Release:

Further heavy rain has occurred over Tasmania during the last 24 hours, focused in the northwest and, during Thursday, over the northeast. More heavy falls are expected in the next few hours before conditions ease with the passage across the state of a trough during today. Continued flooding of northern rivers is expected, and further localised flash flooding is likely until this afternoon, particularly in northwestern Tasmania.

Strong and gusty northeasterly winds will tend northwesterly during the day and may cause localised damage in exposed areas throughout the state.

January rainfall records in N Tasmania broken

Yolla had its highest 24-hour January rainfall on record, registering 131 mm in the 24 hours to 9 am this morning. The record had been set just yesterday, when it received 100 mm in 24 hours, eclipsing its previous record of 70 mm in a January day in 1946. Together these have given Yolla its wettest January on record, and its second-wettest 2-day period. Rain has been measured at Yolla, inland from Burnie, since late 1905.

Yesterday’s very heavy rain on the northern East Coast also set records. Falmouth registered 282 mm in the 24 hours to 9 am yesterday, giving it the wettest January day ever recorded at an official rain gauge in Tasmania. Scamander, with 278 mm, also broke the old state record. Rain continued to fall during yesterday in the area, giving some spots at least 50 mm more. There have been unofficial (but credible) observations of nearly 400 mm in the area in the last two days.

Meanwhile, NASA Earth Observatory released the following images:

Rainfall in the Australian Interior


Download large image (5 MB, JPEG) – Image acquired January 14, 2011


Download large image
(5 MB, JPEG) – Image acquired December 29, 2010

False-color images of Australian interior captured by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite on January 14, 2011 (top), and December 29, 2010 (bottom). “Both images use a combination of infrared and visible light to increase the contrast between water and land. Water ranges in color from electric blue to navy. Clouds appear bright blue-green. Vegetation is bright green. Bare ground appears in shades of beige and tan.” Source: NASA-EO. Click images to enlarge.

Flooding in Brisbane Suburbs


“Homes and businesses were inundated in more than 30 suburbs as [Brisbane River,] swollen by water being discharged from the overloaded Wivenhoe Dam, reached 4.2 metres,” a report said. A detailed astronaut photograph illustrates flooding in suburbs of the Brisbane, Australia metropolitan region acquired on January 13, 2011, and provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, JSC. Image Source NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (3 MB, JPEG)

Zelia’s rainfall Captured by TRMM Satellite


Tropical Storm Zelia’s rainfall was captured by NASA’s TRMM satellite on Jan. 14 at 04:17 UTC. “The heaviest rainfall (falling at about 2 inches per hour) appears to be on the northwestern and southwestern sides of the storm and appear in red. The yellow and green areas indicate moderate rainfall between .78 to 1.57 inches per hour.” Source: NASA

Tropical Storm Vince


Visible image of Tropical Storm Vince captured on Jan. 14 at 06:20UTC (1:20 a.m. EST/2:20 p.m. Australia/Perth) by MODIS on NASA’s aqua satellite. The bulk of the thunderstorms are seen southwest of Vince’s center due to wind shear. Source: NASA

Heavy Rainfall in TS Vania Captured by TRMM


“TRMM satellite captured this image of Tropical Storm Vania’s rainfall on Jan. 14 at 04:22 UTC. The heaviest rainfall (falling at about 2 inches/50 mm per hour) in the storm was occurring in the western and southern quadrants of the storm and over southeastern New Caledonia (in red). The yellow and green areas indicate moderate rainfall between .78 to 1.57 inches per hour.” Source NASA

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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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Thousands of Australians Evacuate Flood-hit Queensland

Posted by feww on December 28, 2010

Second Round of Flooding This Month Submerges Entire Towns and Villages in NE Australia

Queensland’s state government declares several of its regions as disaster zones, as rivers swell by the unabated rain causing extensive flooding.


Tropical Storm Tasha pummeled  NE Australia with torrential rain, having made landfall along the Queensland coast on December 25, 2010. Tasha’s rainfall amounts, as observed by TRMM, on December 24, 2010 is shown in the image above, with red representing the highest amount and blue the lowest. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (1 MB, JPEG)

Australian Region Infrared Satellite Image


Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Click HERE for the latest image.

The floods have destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of cotton and sunflower crops in many areas throughout the state, and forced thousands to flee their homes.

The damage to the crops is expected to exceed $400million, Brent Finlay, president of the farmers’ lobby group AgForce, said.

“It’s just devastating. This was going to be the crop that got a lot of farmers back on their feet after the [10-year] drought,” Finlay said.

Brisbane, the state capital, has experienced its wettest December in 153 years, as Cyclone Tasha, brought more torrential rain to Queensland on Christmas Day.

The town of Theodore is all but almost completely inundated, with the Dawson River flowing above the 14-meter level—its highest in 55 years. The towns of Chinchilla, Dalby, Warra, Alpha and Jericho, have also been declared disaster zones.

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