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QLD Floods: Brisbane Under Seige

Posted by feww on January 12, 2011


Humans continued to devour energy at a rate of 17.3terrawatt in 2011, when maximum ‘safe’ limit was less than 1.9terrawatt. Australia? She was the world’s largest exporter of coal …

The Worst Is Yet to Come: FIRE-EARTH

Australian cities under siege as flood crisis worsens

Up to 50,000 properties in Brisbane are to be affected by floods as Brisbane River rises to expected peak of 4.5m Wednesday and 5.5m Thursday

Up to 2,000 people have already been evacuated from Brisbane homes and the figure is rising, local reports say.

Floodwaters are expected to submerge at least 50 Brisbane suburbs as the Brisbane River rises to 4.5m this afternoon before surging to a forecast peak of 5.5m by Thursday.

FIRE-EARTH believes the peak could potentially top 7m.

Brisbane residents are told to brace themselves for the worst flooding in 150 years.

New flood modeling shows that 19,700 homes and 3,500 businesses in 2,100 streets could be inundated in Brisbane.

Up to 50,000 buildings could be affected by flooding by Thursday.

Intense rain in Queensland

Image made from the Multi-Satellite Precipitation Analysis (MPA) based on data from the TRMM shows heavy rainfall in SE corner of Queensland, west and NW of Brisbane area on January 10. Brisbane is the state capital of Queensland and Australia’s third largest city. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge.

Dead Or Missing

The number of people killed by QLD’s Toowoomba area flash floods in the past 48 hours has climbed to 10, with more than 90 people still unaccounted for, the Queensland premier Ms Bligh said.

“It’s very sad overnight, we’ve seen even further notifications of missing people,” she told reporters.

“The police now are searching for more than 90 people. These are people who their families can no longer contact or find them.”

The total of reported flood-related deaths in Queensland since December 2010 currently stands at 20.


For Brisbane flood updates see comments section at the bottom of this page.

Brisbane Flood Map

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More Rain on the Way?

Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Posted on 12 January 2011 03:29UTC

Maryborough to Gold Coast River Condition

Maryborough to Gold Coast 24-hr Rainfall

Queensland Flood Map [12 Jan 2011]

NSW Flood Map [12 Jan 2011]

Source: BOM

Latest Weather Observations for the Brisbane Area

Queensland Warnings Summary

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Australia: More Severe Weather Looms

Posted by feww on January 5, 2011

Speaking of Megadisasters …

Australia’s record flooding could last until May 2011

Who knows what back-to-back disasters looming around the corner …

Heavy rainfall leading to localized flash flooding, which could worsen the existing  river flood situation is forecast for the Eastern Darling Downs, Granite Belt, Southeast Coast, Wide Bay and Burnett and the Capricornia districts, BOM has warned.

Rockhampton Update


Issued at 6:47 PM on Wednesday the 5th of January 2011 (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 9.2 metres during Wednesday. It is expected to remain about its current level overnight and into Thursday.

Flood levels will remain above the major flood level of 8.5 metres for 1 week after the peak.

Australian Region Infrared Satellite Image

Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Posted: Wednesday 5 January 2011 13:31 UTC

Drought? What Drought?

Meanwhile, the south-west corner of Western Australia (WA) continues to experience its driest cropping season on record. The major wheat-growing region in the southwest of the state has received its lowest ever rainfall of 310mm (12.5 inches), some 12% lower tahn the previous low of 348mm recorded in 1914.

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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


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.

Moderate flooding will continue to ease on the Isaac River at Yatton.

Major flooding will continue to ease along the Comet River during this week.

Major flooding is occurring along the Mackenzie River, where the main flood peak is now downstream of Tartrus.

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.

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:


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.


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

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

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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.


Meanwhile,The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued the following Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Flash Flooding


For people in parts of the
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 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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Australia Flood Update

Posted by feww on December 30, 2010

Queensland Floods: Worst yet to come

The cost of flood damage will probably exceed Australia’s income from selling coal

Climate Change Midterm Dividends

Australia is the world’s top coal exporter with an annual production of 333.5 million metric tons.

Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Captured: Thursday 30 December 2010 08:30 UTC.
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The road into Dalby (Queensland) has been cut by a sea of water. Reader picture: Anthony Skerman

Queensland Flooding News Highlights

The worst of floods is yet to come, forecasters say, as the cities of Emerald and Rockhampton are evacuated.

“Dozens of communities remain isolated with flooding at unprecedented levels in Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Emerald and a string of smaller towns as thousands of people were forced out of their homes, the Courier-Mail reported.

  • Shortages of safe food and water the biggest problem.
  • No end in sight for flood-ravaged Queensland’s residents
  • Disease outbreak now feared after flooding
  • Thousands are forced form their homes
  • A compulsory evacuation in the town of Condamine has just been completed, after the Condamine River reached a record 14.25m
  • State Premier Anna Bligh has said that flood damage to roads alone will cost at least $1.5 billion[so far]
  • “Hundreds of families across Queensland have been hard hit by the worst flooding in decades – in some cases, the worst on record,” she said.
  • The total cost of damage could reach 5 billion [blog estimates]
  • “[Flooding from the Fitzroy River in] Rockhampton is expected to reach about 9.4 metres by Tuesday with possible further rises.” The Bureau of Meteorology said.
  • “This is similar to the 1991 (9.3m) and 1954 (9.4m) flood levels. Rockhampton river levels are expected to remain above 9 metres for up to 10 days.”
  • “Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire estimates 90 per cent of properties will be under water tomorrow. But already 50 per cent of the town, west of Rockhampton and home to 13,000 people, is under water.” The Courier-Mail reported.

Quote of the Day:

“I’ve certainly seen flooded towns before in Queensland. We have big storms and we have big river systems. But I’ve never seen Queensland … with so many places in so many diverse parts of the state each affected so critically all at once.”  —Queensland Premier Anna Bligh


Meanwhile, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned of a cyclone developing over the natural gas producing regions of NW Australia. “The system is expected to move to the west and it’s got a reasonable chance of being a tropical cyclone on New Year’s Day off the Pilbara or West Kimberley coast,” a BOM forecaster said.

Issued by BOM at 2:57 pm WST Thursday 30 December 2010.

Remarks by BOM:

The low may develop into a tropical cyclone after it moves off the west Kimberley coast late Friday or early Saturday. It is not expected to cause gales on Thursday or Friday. Gales may develop along the Pilbara coast on Saturday as the system moves steadily towards the west southwest parallel to the Pilbara coast. By Sunday evening the system is likely to be north of Exmouth and continuing to move towards the west.

Heavy rainfall of 100mm to 150mm is expected in the North and West Kimberley over the next two days as the system moves westwards. Significant stream rises with local flooding is possible in the North and West Kimberley, refer to the latest Flood Watch [IDW39610] for further details. The system is unlikely to cause flooding in the Pilbara due to its steady movement.

Details for: Tropical Low 1

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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.

In A Living Hell Heated by Australian Coal posted on January 30, 2009, FIRE-EARTH said:

Climate Change Wreaks Havoc in Australia, AND That’s Just Another Round of Starters


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