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Wednesday October 22, 2014

El Nino unlikely this year, but hot and dry conditions expected

12:48 EDT Weather models are now showing an El Nino is unlikely to develop this year.
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Grain handler the CBH Group is concerned but optimistic Western Australian farmers will escape much weather damaged grain

ABC image 12:19 EDT Western Australia's main grain handler, Cooperative Bulk Handling, is hoping the weekend's wild weather won't deteriorate grain quality across the majority of the state.
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Crisafulli pledges $1.5m towards North Rockhampton flood mitigation

12:12 EDT The Queensland Government has announced funding for flood mitigation in North Rockhampton.
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More delays for long-awaited Torres Strait seawalls

12:08 EDT A Torres Strait mayor says administrative hurdles have contributed to further delays in building long-awaited seawalls.
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Tuesday October 21, 2014

Western NSW feeling the heat

17:37 EDT Much of western New South Wales has begun a heat wave, reaching at least five degrees above average for at least five days, averaging a maximum of 35 degrees or more.
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67-year-old man remains missing near Adelaide in hottest October day since 2006

ABC licensed image 16:34 EDT Crews searching for a 67-year-old man reported missing north of Adelaide yesterday hold concerns for his wellbeing due to high temperatures and dangerous terrain.
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Residents urged to follow rules of pre-cyclone season rubbish pick-ups

14:39 EDT Residents are being warned to check the rules around this year's cyclone hazard collections.
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Adelaide on target for hottest October in a century

13:01 EDT Heat is spreading across South Australia as thunderstorms also make their way east.
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Firebugs arrested for lighting bushfire as temperatures soar in South Australia

12:56 EDT Two youths have been arrested for starting a fire in Adelaide's north-eastern suburbs on a total fire ban day.
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Dry weather likely to slash Victorian and South Australia hay supplies

ABC image 12:21 EDT There are growing concerns there will be a shortage of hay in southern Victoria and South Australia next year.
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Rain at harvest risks grain quality, hail wipes out crops

ABC image 07:33 EDT For grain growers in Western Australia, the rain and hail that fell over the weekend could not have come at a worse time.
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Monday October 20, 2014

Weather watching volunteers 'drying up' across South Australia

ABC image 20:25 EDT A dwindling number of volunteers is collecting some of the weather bureau's most important data from across South Australia.
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Heavy rain begins to ease over Western Australia

18:39 EDT After buckets of rain, thunderstorms and gusty winds, conditions are beginning to ease.
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Farmers count cost of rain and hail damage in Western Australia's South West

18:31 EDT West Australian grain growers are counting the cost of a massive thunderstorm carrying rain and hail to the state's South West.
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Willow destroyed in Kashmir floods may see cricket bat prices soar

ABC image 16:09 EDT Australia could face a shortage of affordable cricket bats in years to come as Indian producers predict a huge shortfall in supply following the destruction of Kashmir willow stockpiles in recent floods.
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Hailstorm hits Wheatbelt farmers

ABC image 15:20 EDT Farmers in Western Australia's Wheatbelt have borne the brunt of a hailstorm that swept through the region at the weekend.
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Authorities begin annual Kimberley cyclone preparedness tour

14:48 EDT Authorities are about to kick off their annual tour of Kimberley towns and communities to ensure safety plans are in place ahead of the wet season.
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Western Victorian pulse crops defying prolonged dry weather

ABC image 12:39 EDT Researchers say they're amazed at how pulse crops are weathering bone dry conditions in Victoria's northern Wimmera and southern Mallee.
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Hope for 'high-tech' early warning scheme to spare Oakey future flood pain

11:48 EDT The Toowoomba Regional Council says a new warning system, and community support, should help the town of Oakey avoid a repeat of the January 2011 floods that caused millions of dollars of damage.
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Gusty southerly change cooling the NSW coast

07:37 EDT After a stunning weekend of sunny skies and pleasant temperatures along the NSW coast, a gusty southerly change is bringing a cooler spell of weather to start off the working week.
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Lithgow cleaning up and rebuilding: government assistance possible

Audience submitted image 07:15 EDT Lithgow is continuing to count the cost of last week's storm and heavy snow and the local council is considering asking for government help.
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Sunday October 19, 2014

Wave of heat, near-record for inland SA, VIC and NSW

17:02 EDT A wave of heat sweeping across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales this week is likely to be a near-record one for some inland areas.
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Severe thunderstorms lashing WA

12:56 EDT Severe thunderstorms hit many parts of WA on Saturday, with more set to lash the state today.
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Weather warning in place as thunderstorm hits Perth

ABC image 00:35 EDT People have been warned to take precautions after a severe thunderstorm hit the Perth metropolitan area.
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Saturday October 18, 2014

Adelaide's hot spell

13:02 EDT A run of hot days will culminate with Adelaide likely to see the hottest October day since 2006.
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Healthy totals for the far east

12:15 EDT Parts of the east coast have received their best October rain in four years.
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Friday October 17, 2014

Insurance claims study to determine what houses damaged during cyclones

14:27 EDT Townsville's Cyclone Testing Station will today announce it will begin a study of thousands of insurance claims to determine what houses are more at risk during a storm.
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Cattle stations struggling with record low rainfall in parts of Central Australia

ABC image 14:10 EDT Cattle stations in Central Australia, struggling with 'severely deficient' rainfall, are rapidly decreasing stocking rates.
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Melbourne to have warmest weekend since March

13:14 EDT Melburnians are set to enjoy their warmest weekend since early March as the mercury averages in the mid-to-high 20s.
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South Coast's second soaking

12:25 EDT The South Coast of New South Wales received another bout of heavy downpours following an East Coast Low earlier this week.
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Thursday October 16, 2014

Power still out and clean up continues day after Lithgow snow storm

Audience submitted image 15:07 EDT The damage from Tuesday‚??s snow storm is still affecting the community, but the resilience of local residents is being applauded by the council.
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Warmth not seen since March for WA

14:19 EDT Yesterday, parts of Western Australia felt their warmest day in seven months followed by their warmest night in seven months.
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WA set for severe storms and soaking

13:08 EDT Thunderstorms are developing in Western Australia and are about to spread across the state and become heavy, leading to soaking falls but also potential damage.
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More frosts hit grain farmers in the SA Mallee

ABC image 11:57 EDT Farmers in the South Australian Mallee are trying to work out how much damage has been caused by frosts this week.
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Shortage of grape on NSW far south coast leaves winemaker crushed

ABC image 10:49 EDT Hungry birds and variable weather has forced one of the oldest wineries on the New South Wales far south coast to look much further afield to supplement its own fruit for this year's vintage.
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Snowfall forces closure of Barrington Tops 4WD trails

ABC image 06:50 EDT The mid-October snowfall has forced the temporary closure of four wheel drive trails in the Barrington Tops National Park just weeks after they re-opened.
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Wednesday October 15, 2014

Power restored across NSW as mop-up continues from severe storm

ABC licensed image 22:00 EDT Power was restored to most properties across Sydney and the NSW Central Coast and Hunter regions on Wednesday night, as crews continued to clean up in the wake of a wild storm.
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Darwin's dry spell comes to an end: Top End gets its first taste of wet season

ABC image 20:41 EDT Darwin has had its first rainfall in almost six months as the wet season finally hit the Top End.
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Severe frosts will be more frequent due to man-made greenhouse gas: scientists

Audience submitted image 16:13 EDT Frosts like the ones that caused so much damage to crops this season could be more common for the next 20 years, according to scientists.
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New South Wales snow and floods a sharp contrast to 2013 bushfires

Audience submitted image 15:13 EDT This time last year, the Blue Mountains were covered in smoke from raging bushfires; .
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Intense low batters eastern NSW

14:39 EDT It has been a wild 36 hours across eastern NSW as an intense East Coast Low brought destructive winds, heavy rain, mountain snow and thunderstorms.
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Snow causes Central West havoc

ABC image 13:03 EDT Heavy snow overnight left thousands of people in the Lithgow district without power and the Central West cut off from Sydney by road and rail.
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Bundaberg council says flood mitigation efforts haven't eased insurance premiums

12:33 EDT The Bundaberg Regional Council says insurance companies are not taking into account work it has done to help lower premiums.
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Erosion watch at Mid North Coast 'hotspots'

Audience submitted image 08:45 EDT There will be an erosion assessment today, Wednesday October 15, 2014 at the coastal 'hotspot' of Jimmys Beach south of Forster, as large southerly swells hit the area.
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Severe weather hits Sydney, the Illawarra and Blue Mountains; SES performs 40 flood rescues

ABC licensed image 06:43 EDT The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is warning people to stay indoors as severe weather strikes Sydney, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains.
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Tuesday October 14, 2014

A soaking for New South Wales South East

18:48 EDT In the past 24 hours, parts of the South Coast have needed more than umbrella.
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No plan for dealing with heatwaves in Victoria, report says; tsunamis, yes

ABC image 17:47 EDT Victorian is better equipped to respond to a tsunami than a heatwave, the state's auditor-general says.
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Historic Melbourne fountain to be restored, drought-proofed

15:51 EDT An historic fountain at Melbourne's World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building is to be restored and drought-proofed.
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Pilbara businesses promoting cyclone safety

14:38 EDT Emergency services in the Pilbara say local companies are doing a good job of getting cyclone safety messages out to their employees.
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Overnight rain good for many NSW farmers

ABC image 14:10 EDT The rain overnight has been good for many farmers in the central west of New South Wales.
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