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Weather In Australia 2020
« on: January 20, 2020, 07:10:03 AM »
Severe floods in Australia after devastating bushfires.

Heavy rain has soaked coastal areas of Queensland and New South Wales over the last few days.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/severe-floods-australia-devastating-bushfires-200118140300243.html



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https://www.sott.net/article/427732-Countless-cars-and-windows-damaged-as-hailstorm-tears-through-Canberra-Australia

Hail as big as golf balls and ferocious winds of up to 117 kilometres per hour have torn through Canberra in a storm that had residents running for cover.

The storm, which swept across the ACT and New South Wales — including the firegrounds — smashed windows, dented cars and tore branches off trees, causing localised flooding.

More than 1,000 homes lost power, with outages reported in Florey, Griffith, Deakin and Kambah, and dozens more suburbs across the territory.

Since midday, the ESA had received a record number of requests for assistance, more than 1,900, with ACT Ambulance Service attending to two people for minor injuries sustained during the storm.

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Oppressive, humid conditions for southern Australia as heatwave
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2020, 08:29:11 PM »
Oppressive, humid conditions for southern Australia as heatwave combines with tropical airmass
Kate Doyle, Friday January 31, 2020 - 17:12 EDT
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The tropics are moving south this weekend but don't expect paradise. - ABC licensed
Bust out that Hawaiian shirt and find yourself some fruity refreshments because southern Australia is set to get a taste of the tropics — but all is not calm in paradise.

https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/oppressive-humid-conditions-for-southern-australia-as-heatwave-combines-with-tropical-airmass/531010

The dew point — an indicator of how much moisture in the air — is about to soar thanks to a low pressure system dragging tropical moisture south.

It has been combining with high temperatures to bring dangerous heatwave conditions and sticky nights.


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Summer snow in Tasmania
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2020, 08:19:29 PM »
https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/summer-snow-in-tasmania/531021

t was snowing in Tasmania on Monday morning, just three days after the temperature hit 40 degrees in Hobart.

A burst of wintry air sweeping over Tasmania in the wake of a cold front is causing showers, blustery winds and highland snow on Monday.

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Australia's third warmest January on record breaks prolonged run of drier-than-usual months
Ben Domensino, Tuesday February 4, 2020 - 11:44 EDT
January was a month of impressive temperature contrasts in Australia. During the opening week of 2020, a pulse of hot air caused a spate of maximum temperature records in NSW. This included a whopping 48.9 degrees at Penrith in Western Sydney, which is the highest temperature ever recorded in any suburb of an Australian capital city.

But while temperatures were soaring in NSW during the opening week of 2020, cooler air combined with a blanket of cloud and rain caused parts of SA and Victoria to experience their coldest January day on record. This included maximum temperatures 15.9 degrees at Woomera and 17.5 degrees at Ceduna, two sites that have data available back to the 1940's.

Despite these contrasting temperatures across Australia, last month's national mean temperature was 1.45 degrees above the long-term average, making it the country's third warmest January in 111 years of records.
https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/australias-third-warmest-january-on-record-breaks-prolonged-run-of-drier-than-usual-months/531026

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https://www.sott.net/article/428759-Australias-Byron-Bay-floods-after-receiving-heaviest-rainfall-in-almost-half-a-century

The scenic northern NSW town of Byron Bay has been hit with flooding after receiving almost 300mm of rain overnight.

Up to 275mm of rain has fallen in the Cape Byron rain gauges in the past 24 hours, according to the Bureau of Meteorology NSW.

The nearby town of Ballina also copped 175.6mm over the same period, and Coffs Harbour on the Mid North Coast has received 122.6mm, causing flooding on parts of the Pacific Highway in that area. The heavy rain today also reached Sydney, causing flash flooding in the city as 70mm fell on the CBD overnight.

The rainfall is reportedly the heaviest the town of Byron Bay has received in almost 50 years.

The main streets of Byron were hit with flash flooding, with locals and tourists sharing videos of water up to their ankles and mid calves.

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Heavy rain in NSW 'breaking the back' of the horror bushfire season
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2020, 08:36:13 PM »
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/heavy-rain-in-nsw-breaking-back-horror-bushfire-season

Heavy rain is drenching large swathes of eastern NSW, forcing road closures and sparking concerns about the risk of flash flooding.

The rain is good for business and farms as well as being really good for quenching some of these fires we've been dealing with for many, many months," the told the ABC today.

"We don't want to see lots of widespread damage and disruption from flooding, but it is certainly a welcome change to the relentless campaign of hot, dry weather."

The Bureau of Meteorology this morning issued a severe weather warning that stretches along the coast from the south of Wollongong up to Lismore in the north. Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle could all be affected by flooding, the bureau says.

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/heavy-rain-in-nsw-breaking-back-horror-bushfire-season
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Sydney wet weather means Warragamba Dam levels to surge past 63 per cent
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2020, 08:10:06 PM »
https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/sydney-wet-weather-means-warragamba-dam-levels-to-surge-past-63-per-cent/531070

WaterNSW says storage levels at Warragamba Dam — the city's main water supply — have soared from 42 to 63 per cent after a wet and wild weekend.



The dam has recorded its best flows in three years and WaterNSW said levels could reach as high as 70 per cent.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said, over the past four days, about 391.6 millimetres of rain fell at Sydney's Observatory Hill station in the CBD.

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https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/cyclone-uesi-set-to-bring-heavy-swells-to-queensland-and-new-south-wales-coast-by-friday/531086

Wild surf conditions are expected off the South East Queensland and New South Wales coasts as early as tomorrow as Tropical Cyclone Uesi tracks closer to Australia.



The category-three system is currently west of Noumea, but expected to weaken as it nears Australia.

The Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) Helen Kirkup said it would still produce swells of up to 5.5 metres

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Rain brings 'huge relief' to NSW farmers amid drought
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2020, 08:19:22 PM »
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/rain-brings-huge-relief-nsw-farmers-amid-drought

Rain has given some of NSW's drought-affected communities a boost and lifted their spirits but it's not enough to break the drought.

From relief to panic: Evacuation orders in place for parts of Sydney due to floodingPlay Video02:11
Heavy rain extinguished a major bushfire, but the downpour has now caused other problems. Source: 1 NEWS
The state's coast copped extraordinarily high amounts of rainfall over the weekend, with Sydney recording its heaviest drenching in three decades and copping gale-force coastal winds.

The rain filled dams, put out bushfires and helped ease drought conditions but also caused flash flooding, mass power outages and millions of dollars in damage across the state.

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Australia: Floods in southern Queensland as rivers rise
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2020, 06:54:38 PM »
https://www.sott.net/article/429132-Australia-Floods-in-southern-Queensland-as-rivers-rise

he heavy rain continues to fall in South East Australia, with flooding affecting parts of southern Queensland over the last few days. This follows severe flooding in parts of New South Wales after days of heavy rain from 07 February.

Several parts of Queensland's Sunshine and Gold Coast areas recorded more than 170mm of rain in 24 hours to 13 February. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Marcoola recorded 231.8mm of rain during this period, Nambour 200.8mm and Southport 177mm.

Queensland's State Emergency Service (SES) said it carried out 19 swift water rescues and responded to over 300 calls for assistance.

Warnings were issued for communities near the Coomera River at Oxenford, where river levels jumped to 3.02 metres (major flood stage is 2.5 metres).





Queensland Police reported that the body of a person was found in Conondale. The victim is thought to have been swept away by flood water. Police are also appealing for urgent public assistance to locate a woman reported missing near Gorge Falls in the Tallebudgera Valley, an area where a number of creeks have been impacted by recent rain.

On 11 February severe flooding affected parts of Queensland's Western Downs Region, with warnings issued for for Dalby where the Myall Creek broke its banks, and for Jandowae and Warra, where the Jandowae Creek overflowed.

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https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/leaking-talgai-dam-still-at-risk-of-failing-engineers-say-with-residents-spending-second-night-away-from-homes/531128

Engineers are continuing to monitor a leaking dam wall on Queensland's Southern Downs that is at risk of failing, with up to a dozen properties still off limits due to flooding fears.



An emergency declaration remains in place for an area surrounding the privately owned 430-megalitre irrigation dam at Talgai, north-west of Warwick, which has been leaking since Friday night.

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Snowing in Tasmania – In the summer! – Video
« Reply #12 on: February 29, 2020, 06:56:25 PM »
Snow has fallen in mountainous parts of Tasmania, rounding out a summer of dramatic weather changes in Australia.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-51654621/tasmania-snow-concludes-australia-s-s ummer-of-extremes

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https://www.sott.net/article/430033-Perth-Australia-breaks-record-with-5-consecutive-days-of-summer-thunderstorms

Perth's wild weather over the last week has broken records as the city experienced its first five consecutive days of thunder and lightning in the summer months.

A severe storm hit the metropolitan area on Tuesday afternoon, flooding roads, tearing roofs off homes, uprooting trees and trapping some people in their cars.

On Thursday night came another severe weather warning from Gingin to Mandurah as a freak electrical show filled Perth's skyline.

The Perth area today recorded its fifth consecutive day of thunderstorm activity, which the Bureau of Meteorology said was a record for the summer months.

On average, Perth has around two days of thunderstorms in February.

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No active fires in NSW for first time since July
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2020, 07:53:41 PM »
For the first time in eight months, the NSW Rural Fire Service declared on Monday that there were no active bush or grass fires in NSW.

The declaration of no active fires brings to an end more than 240 days of continuous fire activity across the state.

https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/no-active-fires-in-nsw-for-first-time-since-july/531217

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https://electroverse.net/antarctic-blast-delivers-rare-summer-snow-and-freezing-temperatures-to-parts-of-australia/

Australia’s “Grand Solar Minimum” summer –which brought record cold/heat, drought/floods, fires, and dust storms– had one final sting in the tail: another flurry of rare summer snow.


While summer down-under officially ended on Saturday, Feb 29, another blast of heavy, unexpected snow began burying parts of Tasmania on Wednesday, Feb 26.

Mountainous areas of the isolated island state reported large accumulations to close out the week, with local meteorologists warning yet more snow could settle above 1,000 m (3,280 ft) –including at Mount Field and Wellington– over the coming days.



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Widespread rainfall in western NSW gives hope to farmers for strong harvest
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2020, 09:12:37 PM »
https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/widespread-rainfall-in-western-nsw-gives-hope-to-farmers-for-strong-harvest/531236

A deluge of wet weather has seen towns in western NSW approach or exceed their total rainfall from 2019.



Rain gauges reached 78 millimetres in the town of Condobolin this week, bringing their 2020 total to 208mm — 60mm more than they received all of last year and half their yearly average, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

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Melbourne has woken up to a month's worth of rain that has caused flash flooding, downed trees and prompted more than 300 calls to emergency services across the state.



Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) meteorologist Peter Otto said 55 millimetres of rain hit Melbourne overnight — the highest rainfall for March since 1929.

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Darling River flows through Wilcannia after three-year dry
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2020, 07:12:32 PM »
https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/darling-river-flows-through-wilcannia-after-three-year-dry/531240

After a three-year wait, the community of Wilcannia in far-western New South Wales is celebrating substantial Darling (Baaka) River flows.



Locals had lobbied authorities to prioritise culture and the environment over agriculture as the river struggled through drought and .

Now, thanks to flooding rain in northern NSW and Queensland and soaking rain locally, the dry riverbed is full again.

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Monsoon powering up over northern Australia
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2020, 05:42:04 PM »
https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/monsoon-powering-up-over-northern-australia/531247

The monsoon trough is gathering strength over the northern Australian waters this weekend, and will start to drift over the continent over the coming week.

Over the past several days the monsoon trough has been strengthening, with increased cloud and moisture developing.

The monsoon trough can be thought of like a global seabreeze, as winds blow from the cooler part of the planet (the hemisphere in winter) towards the warmer half of Earth (the summer hemisphere) to cool it down. In this case, winds are coming from India, southeast Asia, and Indonesia and blowing towards Papua New Guinea, and northern Australia.


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