Unprecedented flooding hits Australia's Queensland

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 10:57 PM GMT on December 29, 2010

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Unprecedented flooding has hit the northeast Australian state of Queensland, thanks to a week and a half of torrential rains and the landfall of Tropical Cyclone Tasha on Christmas Day. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stated yesterday, "Some communities are seeing flood waters higher than they've seen in decades, and for some communities flood waters have never reached these levels before [in] the time that we have been recording floods." The worst flooding occurred where Tropical Cyclone Tasha made landfall on Christmas Day. Though Tasha was a minimal tropical storm with 40 mph winds and lasted less than a day, the cyclone dumped very heavy rains of 8 - 16 inches (about 200 - 400 mm) on a region that was already waterlogged from months of heavy rains. According to the National Climatic Data Center, springtime in Australia (September - November) had precipitation 125% of normal--the wettest spring in the country since records began 111 years ago. Some sections of coastal Queensland received over 4 feet (1200 mm) of rain from September through November. Rainfall in Australia in December may also set a record for rainiest December. The heavy rains are due, in part, to the moderate to strong La Niña event that has been in place since July. While the rains have eased over Queensland over the past few days, some rivers will not reach peak flood stage until Friday. Approximately 1000 people have been evacuated from the affected area so far.


Figure 1. Rainfall in Queensland, Australia for the 7-day period ending December 29, 2010. Image credit: Australian Bureau of Meteorology.


Figure 2. Radar image of Tropical Cyclone Tasha as it moved inland over Queensland, Australia on Christmas Day (local time.) Image credit: Australian Bureau of Meteorology.


Figure 3. River conditions in Queensland as of 8:30am local time on December 30, 2010. Image credit: Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Flood warnings are in effect for over twelve rivers, and the flooding has closed approximately 300 roads across Queensland, including two major highways into the capital of Brisbane. Evacuations are underway in Rockhampton, a city of 50,000 people on the coast. Damage to infrastructure in Australia has been estimated at over $1 billion by the government, and economists have estimated the Australian economy will suffer an additional $6 billion in damage over the coming months due to reduced exports, according to insurance company AIR Worldwide. Queensland is Australia's top coal-producing state, and coal mining and delivery operations are being severely hampered by the flooding. Damage to agriculture is curently estimated at $400 million, and is expected to rise.

Flooding woes hit New Zealand
Wild weather has also hit New Zealand this week. Golden Bay on the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand had its worst floods in 150 years this week, thanks to torrential rains that dropped up to 13.2 inches (337.5 mm) in just 24 hours on Monday at one mountain location.


Figure 4. Two webcam views of the Motueka River in New Zealand taken five hours apart on December 28, 2010, showing the dramatic rise in the river due to flooding rains. Image credit: Tasman District Council. Screen shots kindly sent to me by Matt Johnson.

Jeff Masters

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pslflcanesvet do u know what time it is
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have you ever considered it may be caused by stupidity
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This just in...cold and windy in Idaho!
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Yep...staying below me...bad stuff moving more eastward...maybe I can go to bed soon and sleep
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Quoting jwh250:


13 shots by my count.


Problem there, though.

From the site http://www.riflemansrifle.com/rifleman_opening_shots.htm

"...Hi Fellow Rifleman fans, I am posting my answer to the number one question I receive regarding The Rifleman and the rifle. This question and answer has been on the discussion board for a while but many have evidently not seen it.

I spoke to Arnold Laven (one of the Rifleman Producers) a while back and he told me that Rifleman fans were asking the same question 50 years ago.

Here’s the question and my answer:

How many shots were fired in the opening of the TV series the rifleman?

My Answer:

The opening scene of The Rifleman staring Chuck Connors was edited as are all T.V. shows.

The 1892 Winchester in .44/.40 caliber used on the show only holds eleven bullets. The audio track was dubbed over the video track. They are not entirely in sync. You may hear 12 or 13 shots fired in the audio portion, and you may watch him pull the lever back on the rifle a different number of times.

This is what makes it a trick question. The editors could have made it look like he fired as many shots as they like by piecing the two segments of the opening scene together as they did.

The difficulty with this question is that when the editors dubbed in the rifle sound they crammed in as many shots as they could in the given time period for the opening instead of noticing how many times Chuck Connors was pulling the lever on the rifle to fire the gun and just synchronizing the sound of the shots..."

So the number varied, apparently.

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looks bowing
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warning for orleans strong squall
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Quoting JFLORIDA:
X has many meanings when used alone.
yep kinda like

pslflcanesvet(imposter) is about to be x'ed
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Quoting PSLFLCanesVet:


Shut it WxHead or SuperYooper or whatever previously banned member you are. I'd advise you to keep your yap shut.


Just joined and know handles from a few months ago? And so angry. Threatening. You're beginning to sound like someone we all know. I smell a rat. Big fat rat.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
hello hello hello the lights are on but nobodies home


Hey Keep. Are you referring to the impostor? ;)
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just heavy rain here....moving slowwww
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hello hello hello the lights are on but nobodies home
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PSLFLCanesVet i see the stairs are still not reachin the second floor
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x-tra S there.....report
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Quoting bappit:
LOL West Mount Houston couldn't get flatter. I think some minor street flooding where I'm at.


I suspected sarcasm, especially since you only mentioned a specific street. Admittedly, I've been to Houston, albeit in 1998. My memory of said trip might be fuzzy, but it's not that fuzzy. I just didn't want to question one of the locals. :P
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LOL West Mount Houston couldn't get flatter. I think some minor street flooding where I'm at.
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The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
western Ascension Parish in southeast Louisiana...
this includes the cities of... Gonzales... Donaldsonville...
Assumption Parish in southeast Louisiana...
this includes the city of Napoleonville...
Iberville Parish in southeast Louisiana...
this includes the city of Plaquemine...

* until 1130 PM CST

* at 1030 PM CST... National Weather Service meteorologists detected a
line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds in
excess of 60 mph. These storms were located along a line extending
from 10 miles northwest of Bayou Sorrel to 6 miles southwest of
Bayou Sorrel to 12 miles southwest of Pierre Part to 26 miles
southwest of Pierre Part... or along a line extending from 12 miles
west of Plaquemine to 16 miles southwest of Plaquemine to 10 miles
northeast of Franklin to 7 miles northeast of Burns Point... and
moving east at 20 mph.

* Other locations in the warning include but are not limited to White
Castle... Carville... Prairieville... Labadieville... geismer and
Paincourtville

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

This is a dangerous storm. If you are in its path... prepare
immediately for damaging winds... destructive hail... and deadly cloud
to ground lightning. People outside should move to a shelter...
preferably inside a strong building but away from windows.


Lat... Lon 3036 9133 3033 9130 3032 9113 3035 9096
3012 9089 3005 9096 2989 9088 2964 9107
2964 9108 2982 9110 2987 9120 2998 9126
3004 9122 3006 9136 3010 9139 3012 9147
3024 9148 3025 9152 3036 9156
time... Mot... loc 0433z 270deg 17kt 3027 9143 3009 9137
2987 9136 2967 9146
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Quoting caneswatch:
TV Show Themes huh?

Count me in:




Me too~ ! LoL, the first one that came to mind :)

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Quoting bappit:
Flat? Ever drive West Mount Houston Road? Actually already calmed down here for me. Chilly out now. That's the weather from Houston!


I didn't say I lived in Houston, now. :P

Consider my claim anecdotal. Because it is.
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Flat? Ever drive West Mount Houston Road? Actually already calmed down here for me. Chilly out now. That's the weather from Houston!
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Quoting LoveStormsatNight:
4 inches of rain in 6 hours at Houston!

Drought or not, in a big city that can't be good.


From what I gather, Houston is very flat, so no. That's anything but.
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Patrap posted the N.O. office statement:

So conditions appear to have become more favorable for a Maddox synoptic heavy rain episode to develop

Here's some background and a quote.

Synoptic type heavy rain events, Maddox et al. (1979), comprised about 20 percent of the flash flood events studied by Maddox and his colleagues. Synoptic type events are most common during the spring and early summer and again in fall and early winter. In synoptic type flash floods, a strong 500-hPa trough is usually moving slowly eastward or northeastward. A weak upper-level shortwave often lifts northeastward ahead of the main trough and weakens. Most of the associated height falls shift more northeastward then eastward. Therefore, any surface low lifts northeastward and the trailing front slows or stalls as it becomes parallel to the upper flow. Fronts attending these events are usually oriented southwest to northeast, but Maddox noted a few that extended west to east.
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Quoting caneswatch:


Night PSL


Thanks.
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Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:





Not meant to sound impertinent, but "Soap" was a great show.

Best wishes to our friends in the line of fire, tonight. Stay safe.

G'night, folks.


Night PSL
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Quoting jwh250:





Not meant to sound impertinent, but "Soap" was a great show.

Best wishes to our friends in the line of fire, tonight. Stay safe.

G'night, folks.
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