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Thursday April 2, 2015

Aurora australis as seen from the Australian and New Zealand mainlands

16:04 EDT The swirls, twists, and curtains of light of the aurora australis were visible from the Australian and New Zealand mainland overnight.
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New South Wales farmers desperate for rain

ABC image 14:47 EDT It has been a dry end to the summer and start of autumn in New South Wales, with many parts of the state still parched, having had little or no rain from January to March.
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Man survives lightning strike on Darwin beach, those near him knocked over by force of impact

14:34 EDT A man who fell to the ground after being hit by lighting at a popular Darwin beach remains in hospital in a stable condition.
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Baked relief for Carnarvon community after Cyclone Olwyn devastation

Audience submitted image 14:02 EDT A West Australian community still reeling from the devastation caused by Cyclone Olwyn has been heartened by a surprise donation of country baked goods.
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Cyclone Marcia: Kershaw Gardens in Rockhampton closes after fallen trees expose old landfill

13:29 EDT The Rockhampton Regional Council in central Queensland has closed one of its major parks due to damage from Cyclone Marcia but is reopening another.
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Warm night for inland parts of NSW and VIC

12:21 EDT Overnight temperatures lingered more than ten degrees above average for inland parts of New South Wales and Victoria.
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Tropical Cyclone Pam: Why the Vanuatu death toll was so low

ABC licensed image 10:24 EDT Aid agencies have described Tropical Cyclone Pam as one of the worst disasters to ever hit the Pacific region.
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Southeast Queensland drenching to continue over Easter

10:15 EDT Heavy rain and thunderstorms have been lashing southeast Queensland the last few days with it set to continue over the Easter Weekend.
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Industrial action may cause temporary interruption to NSW south-east weather forecasts

ABC image 10:01 EDT The New South Wales south east may soon be temporarily without its usual weather reports due to industrial action by forecasters.
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Cyclone Olwyn: Geraldton to get disaster relief funding

ABC image 08:13 EDT Disaster relief funding for Western Australian communities affected by Cyclone Olwyn has been extended to include the City of Greater Geraldton.
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Wednesday April 1, 2015

BlazeAid volunteers clean up farms in Central Queensland in the wake of Cyclone Marcia

21:26 EDT More than 130 volunteers, mostly grey nomads, have cleared more than 150 kilometres of debris-clogged fencing in Central Queensland in the clean-up from Cyclone Marcia.
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Taskforce repairing hospitals and schools in cyclone-devastated Port Vila return home to Sydney

18:21 EDT An Australian Urban Search and Rescue taskforce has returned from Vanuatu after a 10-day operation to repair schools and hospitals in Port Vila after Cyclone Pam.
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Bureau of Meteorology forecasters could read protest messages on radio as part of proposed industrial action

15:56 EDT Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) staff are so fed-up with stalled pay negotiations they will consider reading protest messages during live radio weather forecasts, their union says.
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Outback western Queensland towns mark two-year drought declaration anniversary

ABC image 15:32 EDT Today marks two years under drought declarations for 10 council areas across western Queensland.
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Severe storms dump heavy rain on south-east Queensland; several rescued from flooded roads

ABC image 14:27 EDT Severe storms are dumping huge amounts of rain on south-east Queensland with several people having to be rescued from flooded roads.
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Eastern NSW shrouded in fog

13:51 EDT From the Northwest Slopes and Plains to the Southern Tablelands, foggy conditions hampered visibility this morning.
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Forecast autumn rain welcomed in New South Wales

ABC image 13:48 EDT New South Wales farmers are welcoming news that autumn rain could start to fall soon.
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A wet Easter Weekend for much of eastern Australia

13:24 EDT The Easter Weekend is looking to be cool and wet for much of Australia's east and southeast.
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Tuesday March 31, 2015

Stress for cattle producers in South Australia as calves arrive to little feed or water on the ground

ABC image 14:38 EDT Many cattle producers in southern parts of South Australia are being forced to hand-feed stock as pasture quickly runs out.
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Soggy southeast QLD

14:21 EDT Umbrellas and gumboots will be an essential accessory this week, particularly around southern Queensland coasts.
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Northern Australia insurance task force: Insurance council closely watching push to reduce premiums

13:29 EDT The Insurance Council of Australia says it remains to be seen whether two policy ideas aimed at bringing down premiums in northern Australia will have the desired effect.
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Seafood retailers struggle to source barramundi ahead of Easter rush

ABC image 12:42 EDT Queensland seafood retailers are gearing up for one of their busiest weekends of the year, despite struggling to secure supplies of a highly popular Easter fish species.
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Classic autumn weather finally catching up with Sydney

12:02 EDT Sydney recorded its warmest March in nine years, but today's gloomy weather is a sign of things to come.
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Typhoon Maysak, heading toward Philippines, could be as bad as Cyclone Pam, meteorologist says

ABC licensed image 11:12 EDT A typhoon heading towards the Philippines could be as severe as Tropical Cyclone Pam, which tore through Vanuatu this month, a meteorologist says.
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Cattle from drought hit western Queensland seek agistment in the Northern Territory

ABC image 10:13 EDT The continuing drought in western Queensland is forcing cattle producers to de-stock their properties and some of those cattle are ending up in the Northern Territory.
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Kangaroos starving to death in the central-west Queensland drought, but showers offer brief respite

Audience submitted image 10:11 EDT The drought in central west Queensland has left "skin and bone" kangaroos starving to death and too weak to move, residents say.
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Climate Council says southern Australia likely to suffer more severe droughts through climate change

ABC image 09:52 EDT The Australian research body the Climate Council has argued in its latest paper that the probability of drought will increase, and it will become more severe, because of climate change.
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Monday March 30, 2015

Much of WA ending March on wet note

18:55 EDT March is ending wet for Western Australia's west and south, most of which had a damp start to the month but even for places which have been recently dry.
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The Tasmanian Government's Water for Profit program aims to turn the irrigation pipes into profitability on farm

ABC image 14:14 EDT The Tasmanian Government has set aside $1.5 million for the Water for Profit program in an effort to take advantage of the irrigation schemes being rolled out in the state.
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Stormy conditions ahead for NSW

13:22 EDT After a beautiful autumn weekend for most of the state, things are looking to turn thundery this week and into the Easter weekend.
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Sunday March 29, 2015

Victoria thawing out

13:56 EDT Like a large area of southeastern Australia, Victoria has been been experiencing a chilly run, as much as four-to-ten degrees below average but is now thawing out.
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Heavy showers soak coastal QLD

13:36 EDT A deep onshore flow has delivered heavy showers to parts of coastal Queensland with more on the way over the next week.
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Saturday March 28, 2015

Conditions allowed to settle in Tasmania

12:11 EDT A complex low which has been impacting parts of Tasmania has finally made its way into the Tasman allowing conditions to ease.
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Thunderstorms rips through Gympie

10:21 EDT An intense pocket of thunderstorms tore through Gympie, bringing over a third of the monthly total in under two hours.
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Friday March 27, 2015

Faces of western Queensland still smiling after three failed wet seasons

16:53 EDT Despite three failed wet seasons, communities in western Queensland are pulling together to support each other through tough times.
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Cyclone Olwyn: Struggling Carnarvon victims get food donations from Perth businesses

ABC licensed image 15:24 EDT Thousands of dollars worth of donated food has started to arrive in the WA coastal town of Carnarvon, for those who are struggling after Cyclone Olwyn.
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Cyclone-hit Lizard Island Resort to reveal new reopening date within two weeks

ABC image 12:52 EDT The Lizard Island Resort off Cape York in far north Queensland says it should be able to announce a new reopening date within a fortnight.
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Ex-TC Nathan bringing soaking rain to WA

12:50 EDT Nathan is the system that never gives up and now is on track to follow the path of Olwyn, bringing soaking rain to Western Australia.
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Another Sydney stunner after a chilly start

12:49 EDT There is more stunning daytime weather in store for Sydneysiders, but the morning chill will set in.
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Apiarists talk about creating a better industry from honey to the bee

ABC image 09:26 EDT Beekeeping in Australia is a small industry that contributes a great amount to the nation's agriculture.
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Hail pelts Hobart amid the sunshine during freak storm

ABC image 02:05 EDT A late afternoon thunderstorm has brought heavy rain and some unexpected hail to Hobart.
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Thursday March 26, 2015

'It's slow and insidious': Drought conditions leave businesses struggling in outback Queensland towns

ABC image 22:12 EDT Worsening drought in Queensland's central-west is now having a severe impact in small towns, with some businesses reporting turnovers have halved in the past two years.
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Severe storm warning cancelled for south-east Queensland

20:38 EDT A severe thunderstorm warning has been cancelled for south-east Queensland.
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Beswick floods as ex-Tropical Cyclone Nathan dumps heavy rain

ABC image 17:33 EDT Road access to the Indigenous community of Beswick has been cut and an aged care facility has been evacuated after heavy rainfall from ex-Tropical Cyclone Nathan has raised rivers in Arnhem Land.
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New flood detention basin opens in Coffs Harbour

ABC image 15:44 EDT Coffs Harbour's flood mitigation program has hit another milestone, with the third of four detention basins now operational.
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Drought could ease, with Weather Bureau predicting wetter than normal autumn in much of Australia

ABC image 15:23 EDT There has been a sudden turnaround in the weather bureau's outlook for the next three months, with many parts of Australia now expecting a wetter than normal autumn.
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Flooded central Queensland farmers consider changing from crops to cattle

15:00 EDT Some central Queensland cotton and grain growers, faced with their second flood in three years, are considering converting paddocks to pasture.
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Bureau forecasts no extra rain for Tasmania

ABC image 14:26 EDT The Weather Bureau says there are no indications for any extra rainfall for Tasmania from April to June.
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Slow take up of Sunraysia storm cash grants

ABC image 12:40 EDT Rural Finance says it is surprised there has been only one application for a affected by last year's storm in Sunraysia in north-west Victoria.
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Thunderstorms light up the southeast QLD skies

11:33 EDT It was a stormy night for southeast Queensland, with further storms in store over the next two days.
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