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Friday February 12, 2016

Rain welcome but many in western Queensland 'still doing it tough'

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Rain in parts of western Queensland in the past week has raised hope that the drought may finally be over, but the long, dry years have already devastated pastures and wiped out incomes for many farming families.
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Solid central Australian rain a bonus as pastoral company progresses with drought-proofing strategy aimed at selling heavier cattle

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A Central Australian pastoral company says recent solid rain across its five cattle stations is a welcome bonus as it continues with a drought-proofing strategy.
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Tropical Cyclone Tatiana intensifies, may bring dangerous swell to Queensland coast: BoM

Audience submitted image 16:18 EDT
Queensland's first cyclone of the season poses no immediate threat to the coast but may whip up dangerous swells for south-east beaches early next week, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) says.
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ACT pummeled by storms

16:01 EDT
Dark and ominous clouds developed over southern parts of the ACT yesterday afternoon amid a deep and unstable low pressure trough.
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Valentine's Day should turn up the heat

12:59 EDT
For those seeking the perfect weather for the perfect date this Valentine's weekend, Australian capital cities seem sure to share the love! Brisbane and Darwin will be hot and steamy as per usual, expecting a maximum temperature into the low 30s on both days.
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Cloncurry stormwater mitigation project gets $800K amid hopes of more housing development

12:21 EDT
The Cloncurry Shire Council in north-west Queensland has received more than $800,000 in State Government funding to address the town's stormwater drainage issues.
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Heavy hailstorms hit Queanbeyan and south Canberra

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Backyards in Queanbeyan and parts of Canberra have been covered with "golf-ball sized" hailstones and the roof of a supermarket has partially collapsed after a storm hit the region.
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Thursday February 11, 2016

Drought scheme helping western Qld contractors secure work raises $90,000

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A western Queensland church has raised more than $90,000 for a scheme to keep rural contractors in work during the ongoing drought.
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Clearest skies since spring fine-tune rare planet event

15:51 EDT
Much of southeastern Australia is experiencing its sunniest week since spring and skies have been staying clear at night, effectively giving planet gazers a fine-tuned view of a rare feature.
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Perth recycling its hot air

14:18 EDT
Australia's western capital equalled its record of four consecutive days over 40 degrees yesterday, and some of that heat is returning.
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Tiny Palmers Island community rallies around residents left homeless after storm

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The tiny community of Palmers Island in northern New South Wales has rallied around two residents left homeless after a super cell storm.
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Farm Management Deposits changes will give farmers chance to help themselves, once they have cash to spare

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The Federal Government has introduced legislation to overhaul the Farm Management Deposits scheme, which it says will help farmers to help themselves.
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Wednesday February 10, 2016

Perth weather: Temperature hits 40C for fourth day, equalling record from 1933

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Perth has recorded its fourth consecutive day of temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius, equalling a record that has stood for more than 80 years, as a heatwave continues to grip the city.
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Hobart set to cool after a warm start to February

14:50 EDT
The first ten days of February have set a new record for Hobart with each day breaking the 21 degree mark, although a series of fronts on the forecast will bring a cooler change.
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Devastated farmers back on track five years after Cyclone Yasi unleashed fury on far north Queensland

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The sickening sight of wrecked crops and damaged infrastructure was all too familiar for tropical flower producers Rob and Heidi Piccolo of Basilisk Blooms.
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NSW under a dry spell

10:43 EDT
Overall, this last week has been the driest spell since about mid-December in NSW.
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Roma cattle prices driven to record levels by restocker demand

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Records tumbled at the Roma saleyards, where strong demand saw a record price of $1,880 paid for a cow and calf unit.
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Perth swelters in heatwave, breaking 50-year-old weather record

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Perth has recorded above 40 degree Celsius temperatures for three days in a row, melting a February record which has stood for more than 50 years.
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Tuesday February 9, 2016

Isisford's dream for a medical museum a step closer with drought funding

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The plan to turn a historic outback Queensland hospital building into a medical museum is a step closer to reality with the project given more than $140,000 in drought funding.
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Rivers down and cruises cancelled as Kakadu National Park swelters through one of its driest wet seasons on record

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The World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is suffering through one of its driest wet seasons on record.
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Flash flooding swamps parched Townsville

13:54 EDT
A powerful band of severe thunderstorms swept through Townsville on Monday evening, with rain rates in excess of 100mm per hour.
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Dry spell to continue for the Top End

13:53 EDT
After a brief monsoonal burst of rain at the beginning of January for central parts of the Northern Territory, the Top End continues to miss out on the heavy falls.
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Townsville drenched by intense rain event as thunderstorms hit Queensland city

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A once-in-100-year rain event has pummelled Townsville in north Queensland, causing flash flooding that caught some motorists off-guard.
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Dance 4 Drought raises more than $5,000 for Aussie Helpers

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A youth committee from the mid-north coast of New South Wales has raised more than $5,000 for drought-affected farmers.
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Drought-stricken north Queensland grazier starts up lawn mower for first time in four years

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Tess Pemble has not mowed her lawn in four years ?? she has not had a lawn to mow.
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Monday February 8, 2016

Perth heatwave putting city's water supplies under pressure

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As Perth sweats through a severe heatwave, pressure is mounting on the city's dwindling water supplies.
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BoM given one day's notice about CSIRO restructure

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The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) and the Australian Antarctic Division say they were given just one day's notice about a major CSIRO restructure that could impact joint projects.
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Farmers say they are let down by weather bureau staff cuts

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Farmers in western New South Wales say they feel let down by the government, after changes to the Bureau of Meteorology regional offices.
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Swift water rescue crew help north Queensland drivers stuck in flood water

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The message 'if it is flooded, forget it' is not getting through to everyone, according to Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) superintendent.
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Falls and flooding for Queensland's Central Coast

15:04 EDT
As expected, the rainfall totals were of the order of hundreds of millimetres on the Central Coast and Capricornia of Queensland over the course of the weekend, with some places having their largest falls this wet season.
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Tarrington in Victoria's south-west to attempt record rain dance after dry weather

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With parts of regional Victoria struggling with dry condition, one remote community is taking matters into its own hands.
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Blistering heatwave scorching WA

12:57 EDT
Western Australia's west is currently enduring one of its worst heatwaves in years, with records likely to tumble in some areas.
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Calls for BoM to reverse decision to move resources from regions

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There are calls for the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to shut its capital city forecasting offices and move its resources to the country.
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Perth hits 40C as expected five-day heatwave begins

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Perth hit a scorching 40.4 degrees Celsius on day one of a heatwave that is expected to last for at least five days.
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Sunday February 7, 2016

Southeastern Australia drying out after wet start to year

15:49 EDT
After a wet start to the year, southeastern Australia is drying out, beginning its driest spell in about two months.
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Cars sink through ice in Wisconsin as temporary parking area fails to hold up

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Around 20 cars became partially submerged after falling through a temporary car park established on Wisconsin's frozen Lake Geneva on Saturday local time.
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High pressure blocking any relief for inland SA

12:22 EDT
A stubborn high pressure system currently squatting over the Great Australian Bight is the main culprit for rising temperatures across country SA.
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Flash flooding predicted between drenched Mackay and Townsville in Queensland

11:32 EDT
The weather bureau is warning residents in north Queensland to prepare for heavy downpours, flash flooding and thunderstorms.
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Saturday February 6, 2016

Man's body found in floodwaters in Queensland's north Burnett

14:04 EDT
A man's body has been found in floodwaters near Monto in Queensland's north Burnett this morning.
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WA heatwave leading to bushfire weather

13:36 EDT
Fire danger is set to rise as Perth and many western parts of Western Australia are experiencing what could be a record breaking summer heat wave.
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Heavy rain hammers QLD's Central Coast

10:02 EDT
A deep low pressure trough has brought heavy rain and storms to central parts of the Queensland coast.
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Friday February 5, 2016

Research finds grain growers are seeding winter crops earlier each year as climate changes

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New research has confirmed that Australian grain growers are planting winter crops a month earlier than they were 30 years ago.
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Rain in drought-affected western Queensland, patchy and still not enough

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The first week of February has delivered some much needed rain to parts of drought-affected western Queensland, with some properties recording their best falls in six years.
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Quilpie kangaroo cull cancelled after rain draws animals to greener pastures

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Quilpie Shire Council has cancelled its controversial plan to cull kangaroos around the outback Queensland town after the animals left of their own accord.
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More than 50 vacant shops in Rockhampton CBD cause for concern

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More than 50 shops are sitting empty in Rockhampton's CBD as the 'beef capital' deals with the fallout from Cyclone Marcia, the mining downturn and the Queensland drought.
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The highs and lows of a summer southeasterly in NSW

14:33 EDT
Many people living along the coast of NSW must be wondering what happened to summer as strong winds and showers take a firm grip.
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Bureau of Meteorology to axe staff from all regional stations except Cairns

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The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) will axe regional staff from its stations across Australia with the exception of Cairns, with observation duties to be automated.
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Cattle drown in floodwaters at Brunette Downs in the Northern Territory

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The Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) has confirmed to ABC Rural that a "few hundred" cattle have drowned on Brunette Downs Station this week.
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Driver rescued from floodwaters, Callide Dam opens gates as Central Queensland braces for rain

ABC licensed image 11:52 EDT
A man has been rescued from the roof of his car and Callide Dam is releasing water as the Wide Bay and Central Queensland braces for up to 300 millimetres of rain.
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Wet washing in Walgett

11:45 EDT
While most of the action has been confined to QLD, pockets of heavy rain have fallen over parts of the NSW Upper Western district.
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Rain welcome but many in western Queensland 'still doing it tough'

21:28 EDT

Rain in parts of western Queensland in the past week has raised hope that the drought may finally be over, but the long, dry years have already devastated pastures and wiped out incomes for many farming families.

Solid central Australian rain a bonus as pastoral company progresses with drought-proofing strategy aimed at selling heavier cattle

17:06 EDT

A Central Australian pastoral company says recent solid rain across its five cattle stations is a welcome bonus as it continues with a drought-proofing strategy.

Tropical Cyclone Tatiana intensifies, may bring dangerous swell to Queensland coast: BoM

16:18 EDT

Queensland's first cyclone of the season poses no immediate threat to the coast but may whip up dangerous swells for south-east beaches early next week, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) says.