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Friday December 19, 2014

Severe storms hit Brisbane and Ipswich, leaving thousands without power

ABC image 00:22 EDT Severe storms have moved across Brisbane and Ipswich, leaving thousands without power and causing major delays to peak hour train services.
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Thursday December 18, 2014

Cyclone complacency still common in Darwin, says NT Police Commissioner

ABC image 18:19 EDT Cyclone Tracy has been described as the perfect storm, but compounding its sheer force was the fact that it hit Darwin at a time when it was vulnerable, complacent and distracted.
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Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce celebrates winning Heywire farm stories

17:16 EDT The Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has congratulated young Australians from farming families who are among the Heywire winners for 2014.
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Rural financial service says South Australian farmers in drought need concessional loans soon

ABC image 16:10 EDT Federal drought concessional loans for farmers are yet to flow through to affected properties in South Australia, despite being announced six months ago.
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Last chance to 'Like' for Buy a Bale

ABC image 15:39 EDT In the north of New South Wales one university college has taken click activism to the next step.
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Homestead visits key to mental health success in rural Queensland

ABC image 14:28 EDT Not everyone wants to see a doctor when they're feeling down, let alone a psychologist.
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Powerful line of thunderstorms sweeping across QLD and NSW

14:16 EDT Queenslanders are in for a wild afternoon and night with severe thunderstorms sweeping across the state.
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Drought photographic exhibition tours Queensland to raise awareness of farmers' plight

ABC image 13:44 EDT It is hoped an exhibition of photographs from one of Queensland's most drought-affected regions will hang in Brisbane's Parliament House to raise awareness about the impact of the dry.
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Summer rain outlook improves for Queensland

ABC image 12:40 EDT The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting an improved outlook for summer rain in January for much of drought-affected Queensland.
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Australia's Christmas extremes one week out

12:23 EDT Seven days out, forecasts still suggest Christmas Day in Australia will be typically hot, humid and thundery in the north, windy in the south, wet in the southeast and dry on the west coast.
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Powerful winds roll B-double truck, knock walls out of home in central-west Queensland

Audience submitted image 11:51 EDT A fierce wind storm in central western Queensland has caused a B-double truck to roll on its side and torn the walls out of homes.
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It's all about survival, be it fire, flood, drought or disaster that hits

11:44 EDT Dr Rob Gordon has worked with survivors of fires, floods, earthquakes and droughts; he's seen more devastation in his career than you'd care to imagine.
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Warning downgraded in Queensland as dangerous storm moves out to sea

ABC licensed image 09:46 EDT The weather bureau has cancelled a very dangerous storm warning for the Sunshine Coast in south-east Queensland after the storm moved across Fraser Island and headed out to sea.
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Wednesday December 17, 2014

Bureau of Meteorology joins the Twitter age by targeting tropical cyclones in northern Australia

ABC licensed image 17:21 EDT The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) posted its first ever tweet this morning, as part of the agency's move to use Twitter during weather emergencies.
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Early stab at Australia's Christmas extremes

16:30 EDT Eight days out, forecasts suggest Christmas Day across Australia will be typically hot, humid and thundery in the north, windy in the south, wet in the southeast and dry on the west coast.
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Gold Coast hotter than Brisbane

15:09 EDT Much of southeast Queensland reached the mid-to-high thirties today, even Coolangatta reached 37 degrees, hotter than Brisbane and its hottest day in 11 years.
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Cyclone Tracy: Chinese temple idols found upright and whole among joss house ruins

ABC image 14:23 EDT The morning after Cyclone Tracy, Ernie Chin found the Chinese temple ruined but the idols of the old gods upright and barely scathed.
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Darwin matches night-time heat record, with low of 29.7 degrees Celsius

ABC image 13:27 EDT Darwin has matched a record for its highest night-time minimum, with the mercury failing to drop below 29.7 degrees Celsius.
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Hobart storm cells bring marble-sized hail stones, water rushing down streets

Audience submitted image 10:58 EDT A line of storm cells from Queenstown in Tasmania's west to Hobart in the south has dropped hail stones and heavy rain.
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Lack of rain in far north Queensland causes milk shortage on supermarket shelves across state

ABC image 10:06 EDT A far north Queensland dairy farm is producing less than half its usual 70,000 litres of milk a week following months of parched conditions.
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Tuesday December 16, 2014

Testing weather in Brisbane

18:07 EDT Heat and afternoon thunderstorms will be a main feature for the Second Test starting at the Gabba.
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Fire weather basics and its implications to you

14:31 EDT Total fire bans have been declared today across three states and one territory as a trough and front traverse southeastern Australia.
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Billion-dollar fix to flood-hit Warrego Highway and Toowoomba range crossing nears end

13:36 EDT Main Roads' officials say repairing the Warrego Highway and the Toowoomba range crossing were among the toughest tasks of its flood reconstruction program.
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A Queensland farming family shares personal story of bank foreclosure and being forced off their land

ABC image 13:35 EDT Rural debt is an issue most farmers are too embarrassed to admit to.
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Western Qld grazier says storm rain not drought-breaking

13:19 EDT A western Queensland grazier says any thought that recent rain has broken the drought is far from accurate.
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Cyclone Tracy remembered: Alice Springs inundated with 5,000 refugees from Darwin

ABC image 12:31 EDT After Cyclone Tracy destroyed homes and belongings, the people of Darwin were forced to leave, and one of the first points of refuge was Alice Springs.
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Council yet to decide on Emerald flood levee support

11:22 EDT The Central Highlands Mayor says the council is yet to form a position over support for an Emerald flood levee.
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Bundaberg council to release final report into 2013 floods

11:04 EDT The Bundaberg council says the final report into the response to last year's devastating floods has been described as a "case study" in disaster recovery.
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Sinkhole swallows cars as burst main floods Port Melbourne street

ABC image 08:55 EDT A sinkhole has swallowed cars and three houses have been flooded after a water main burst at Port Melbourne.
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Dangerous fire conditions forecast for Victoria as blaze burns near West Wodonga

ABC image 08:06 EDT The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has forecast dangerous fire conditions for Tuesday as a fire burns out of control near the Victorian-NSW border.
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Massive surge in Queensland cattle trucked over Northern Territory border for fattening and live export

ABC image 07:28 EDT The number of Queensland cattle being trucked into the Northern Territory has increased sevenfold in just two years.
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Monday December 15, 2014

WA farmer faces imminent eviction from land after losing appeal to stop bank taking possession

ABC image 21:00 EDT A West Australian farmer faces imminent eviction from his Salmon Gums farm after the Supreme Court threw out his attempt to stop a bank taking possession of the land.
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Cyclone Tracy: Michael Lewis's parents trusted his life to a stranger 40 years ago

ABC image 17:27 EDT Michael Lewis does not remember being handed to a stranger to be evacuated from Darwin after Cyclone Tracy, and even now he feels the dramatic tale happened to somebody else.
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Cyclone Tracy: Darwin's Indigenous community shares stories of survival at 40-year reunion

ABC image 16:29 EDT Members of Darwin's Indigenous community have gathered to share their tales of survival from Christmas Eve in 1974, when Cyclone Tracy destroyed much of the city.
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Grass becoming greener on other side of Dog Fence

16:23 EDT For those living in southeastern Australia, this is the time of year when the grass becomes greener on the other side of the fence, the 5,500km-long Dog Fence, and it looks like happening this week.
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Cyclone Tracy: Isabel Muir thought her family had survived, then they were sucked into the storm

ABC image 16:09 EDT Isabel Muir thought she, her parents and her son had gone through the worst of Cyclone Tracy - then the winds turned, and hell broke loose.
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Soil moisture seen as vital in this year's grain growing season

14:35 EDT A Victorian Government agronomist says soil moisture was a crucial factor in the grain growing season this year.
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Cool start to summer heating up for southwest WA

13:27 EDT Residents in southwestern parts of Western Australia could be forgiven for thinking summer hasn't started yet, after an unusually cool start to the season.
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Psychologist says Lockyer Valley flood counselling should continue

12:02 EDT A clinical psychologist who treated victims of the Lockyer Valley floods in 2011 says counselling services should never have been wound-up in the area.
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Wide Bay Burnett river levels falling after drenching

11:54 EDT River levels are easing in the Wide Bay Burnett where parts of the region have received significant rainfall.
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Sunday December 14, 2014

Searching tonight's skies for shooting stars

13:23 EDT Tonight is picked to be the peak of the meteor shower that Earth is plowing through, but will the skies clear to see these shooting stars?.
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Cyclone Tracy: The mysterious fate of Ruth Vincent, lost on a German schooner in Darwin Harbour

ABC image 10:50 EDT After Darwin Harbour was dredged, police divers went down to the wreck of the Booya and found a ladies shoe and a wallet with an opal ring.
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Red Centre running hot

06:49 EDT Australia's interior is enduring a scorching start to summer, as temperatures run up to five degrees above the December average.
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Saturday December 13, 2014

Heavy rain in central Queensland celebrated as 'a blessing' for drought-declared areas

ABC image 15:55 EDT Heavy rain has brought nearly half a year's worth of rain to some parts of Central Queensland, with the Banana Shire mayor rejoicing at the grass greening for only the third time this year.
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Large surf and strong winds for the East Coast

12:33 EDT Strong winds and large surf moves up the east coast of Australia.
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Drought relief rain, but not drought breaking just yet

11:56 EDT The trough that has been wreaking havoc over the eastern states has gradually drifted towards northeast QLD bringing heavy rainfall and thunderstorms to the coastal fringe north of about Bundaberg.
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Friday December 12, 2014

Heavy rain cuts off roads, prompts flood warning in Queensland

ABC image 16:34 EDT The skies opened and dumped heavy rain on parts of Queensland overnight, and conditions are expected to stay wet today.
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Other banks fail to follow ANZ moratorium on farm foreclosures in drought-hit regions of Queensland and NSW

ABC image 16:19 EDT The ANZ Bank will introduce a 12-month moratorium on forced farm sales in areas of crippling drought throughout Queensland and New South Wales.
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Queensland storms: Two rescued from floodwaters in Central Queensland

Audience submitted image 15:50 EDT Two people have been rescued from the roof of a car near Miriam Vale in Central Queensland after torrential rain swamped the region.
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Northern Territory financial counselling service expects bank loans to be harder to get

ABC image 15:35 EDT A Northern Territory rural financial counselling service says moves by the ANZ Bank to temporarily cease farm repossessions will make it harder for farmers to get loans.
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