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Message 2114975 - Posted: 19 Feb 2023, 19:17:14 UTC

Sadly the Cyclone death toll in New Zealand rises to 11 as recovery continues with fears for 10 other missing persons. :-(
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Message 2114984 - Posted: 20 Feb 2023, 0:01:05 UTC

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Message 2115006 - Posted: 20 Feb 2023, 10:36:32 UTC

It may not have turned into a cyclone, but that tropical low certainly dropped some rain up north and some of it will drain off into S.A..

Gulf of Carpentaria isolated by floods for several weeks after welcome monsoonal rain.

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Message 2115060 - Posted: 21 Feb 2023, 20:16:12 UTC

It's happened again. :-O

Fish 'rained from the sky', outback community says, in freak weather event.

Residents of a remote outback community have been left marvelling at the heavens as fish "rained from the sky" in a surprising, but not unheard of, weather event.

Locals in Lajamanu, a community 560 kilometres south-west of Katherine on the northern edge of the Tanami Desert, said they were stunned to see the fish drop during heavy rainfall.

"We've seen a big storm heading up to my community and we thought it was just rain," Lajamanu local and Central Desert councillor Andrew Johnson Japanangka said.

"But when the rain started falling we've seen fish falling down as well."

This is not the first time the strange weather event has swept through the community.

The same phenomenon occurred in Lajamanu in 2010, and was also reported in 2004 and as far back as 1974.

Weather experts believe incidents like these can be caused by strong updrafts, such as tornadoes, which suck water and fish from rivers and dump them hundreds of kilometres away....
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Message 2115082 - Posted: 22 Feb 2023, 1:58:37 UTC

Well Sydney copped it again.

Sydneysiders went from sun and blue skies to ominous dark clouds within the hour, bringing widespread chaos to the state.

And the Newcastle region is copping it right now. I wonder if it will reach this far north.

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Message 2115110 - Posted: 22 Feb 2023, 20:27:36 UTC

Meanwhile across the gutter.

'We had to dig our way in': In NZ, the water has receded, but the mud has stayed.

And there's a lot of it.

Stay safe over there.

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Message 2115115 - Posted: 22 Feb 2023, 21:37:32 UTC

While down in South Aussieland Nearly two months after the flood peak passed, the South Australian River Murray town of Paisley is still in a pool of water, and residents have been left wondering why authorities did not do more to help them in the first place, and there's still good flows coming down the Murray Darling system. Though there are a few rivers in that system that are having a hard time draining now.

Macquarie River blocked in stretches as flood-time debris accumulates.

And then there's that region down at the bottom of this big hill.

NSW Resilient Homes buybacks begin in Northern Rivers but anxious residents feel 'no certainty'.

But what else could you expected from such an incompetent scandal plagued state government?
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Message 2115360 - Posted: 28 Feb 2023, 12:38:14 UTC

Our weather stats for this February in the Northern Tablelands saw our average low being down by 1.1C at 11.7C while the av. max was up by 1.1C at 26.8C. The av. rainfall was also down again falling 15mm short with 75mm and behind on our av. year to date total of 188.7mm with just 120.5mm.

Anyhow, let's see what March has in store for us here.

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Message 2115399 - Posted: 1 Mar 2023, 11:17:44 UTC

The southern lights have been spotted well north.

Aurora australis lights up skies across New South Wales as solar cycle nears its peak.


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Message 2115402 - Posted: 1 Mar 2023, 14:57:08 UTC
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We had something similar 2 nights ago in east germany.





https://www.n-tv.de/wissen/Steht-die-Erde-kurz-vor-einer-Polumkehr-article23953808.html


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Message 2115442 - Posted: 2 Mar 2023, 9:23:40 UTC

It's the Northern Territory's turn now.

Federal government approves ADF assistance to evacuation of flooded NT remote communities.

....About 700 people are being evacuated from the communities of Kalkarindji, Daguragu, Pigeon Hole and Palumpa....
Stay safe and dry.

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Message 2115470 - Posted: 3 Mar 2023, 0:27:49 UTC

While in Queensland's north the problems continue on.

Gulf of Carpentaria residents ready for it to 'stop raining' as communities enter third month of isolation.


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Message 2115660 - Posted: 6 Mar 2023, 20:41:05 UTC

While the outback floods here have provided many benefits there's a feral pest, that we can certainly do without, whose population is exploding. :-(

Fishers catch up to 18,000 carp as flooded Murray Darling Basin sees population boom.

Hundreds of people from across Australia have helped to remove thousands of carp from an iconic South Australian lake, in an attempt to put a dent in the pest fish's population.

Carp boomed after extensive flooding throughout the Murray Darling Basin system in late 2022 and early 2023, including in SA's Riverland region.

Griffith University Australian Rivers Institute researcher Mark Kennard said while numbers were already high, recent floods saw carp populations grow to astronomical levels.

He said the National Carp Control Plan found the national biomass of carp in Australian waterways could range from 200,000 to 1 million tonnes under ideal breeding conditions.....

...Kym Manning said the fishing contest, which encouraged people to catch as many carp as possible in one day, was a sustainable way of helping to drive down fish numbers.

"All carp caught get put on an ice slurry and chilled down and sent to a local fisherman’s freezer … before they’re sent off to Deniliquin and turned into fertiliser," he said.

Mr Manning said the annual competition held on the shores of Lake Bonney continued to grow, with more than 800 people travelling from New South Wales, Victoria and SA to take part this year.

"We caught around 5.7 tonnes of carp in total, which is somewhere between 15,000 to 18,000 fish," he said.

"After the floods, a lot of the campsites haven't re-opened around the lake yet, but people turned up and supported the event … and this was the best one yet."...
There's a lot of fertiliser out there people, get into them. ;-)

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Message 2115697 - Posted: 7 Mar 2023, 12:33:22 UTC
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After all the rain we got the greatly delayed fire season in now upon us. :-(

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me

Stay fire safe.

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Message 2115842 - Posted: 9 Mar 2023, 8:45:08 UTC

Holy moley.

Unprecedented flooding sparks evacuations in north-west Queensland, Gulf of Carpentaria

Unfortunately, i can't find any pictures to show what the place usually looks like relative to it's position with the river, but Camooweal has been hit by record flooding. The Puma roadhouse at the start of the video in the linked story is about 500m from the river, and quite a bit above the main channel.
It's just a mind-boggling amount of water going down the Georgina River to reach as far as the roadhouse (after a few thousand km it will eventually make it's way to Lake Eyre).
The Gregory River at Riversleigh previous record high was 10.8m in 1971. It's currently at 18m.
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Message 2115852 - Posted: 9 Mar 2023, 10:53:19 UTC

Oh, and following the flooding that wiped out the Fitzroy River Crossing bridge (estimated time to repair/replacement varies between 2-3 years), the other main route to northern WA has been closed for several days due to the Victoria River Crossing bridge being under water. The bridge deck is 19.5m high, the river peaked at 22m.
While the water is now back well below the bridge deck, it's looking like a day or 3 before it will be opened to traffic again, pending engineering assessments.


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Message 2115853 - Posted: 9 Mar 2023, 11:10:53 UTC

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Message 2115894 - Posted: 10 Mar 2023, 7:47:09 UTC

That pesky tropical low is still causing problems in the north as the rain is just starting to cross the border with a drenching expected here tonight and right on through the weekend.

Gulf residents prepare for mass evacuation as record Queensland floods continue.

Burketown's airstrip is partially flooded and helicopters are being used fly people to safety.

In the 48 hours to Thursday morning 533 millimetres of rain fell in the Nicholson, Gregory and Leichhardt river catchments.

Authorities say some rivers have reached "unknown levels", damaging critical infrastructure and knocking out part of the Telstra network....
Stay safe and dry.

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Message 2115944 - Posted: 10 Mar 2023, 21:51:39 UTC
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Things really aren't looking good over the coming year(s).

A pattern is emerging in Australia's year-to-year weather variability, and anything that isn't La Niña, or its Indian Ocean equivalent, has become virtually indistinguishable.
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Let's break down the data since 2005.

Australia's total rainfall in neutral years (425mm) has been lower than El Nino years (457mm), a reversal of last century
Australia's temperatures in neutral years have been warmer than El Nino years
In the Murray-Darling Basin, rainfall in neutral years is now less than what El Nino brought last century

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While two decades is short in terms of climate trends, the data since 2005 shows climate change could be altering how major weather drivers impact Australia.


Neutral years now resemble El Niño
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Message 2115958 - Posted: 11 Mar 2023, 3:30:59 UTC

12 months ago.


Yesterday.


For an idea of scale- it's 280km from Tennant Ck to Newcastle waters by road.
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