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Saturday February 16, 2019

Morning low cloud and fog blanket parts of southern Victoria

16:16 EDT
Early risers in Victoria were greeted to blanketing low cloud and areas of fog this morning, in the wake of a recent rainfall event.
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Western Australia continuing to swelter this summer

13:02 EDT
The highest mean maximum temperature ever was recorded for WA this January, with hot temperatures looking to continue for the remainder of summer.
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Volunteers drop fodder, supplies by helicopter in fight to save surviving cattle from floods

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Amid the ongoing flood crisis in north-west Queensland, an army of volunteers and small businesses is making a difference in the fight to save surviving cattle from starvation.
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'Climate-change refugees' quit mainland farming in search of greener pastures in Tasmania

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This week, farmers in parts of western Queensland saw their stock drown and die from exposure in disastrous flood conditions which .
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Friday February 15, 2019

Townsville's aquarium was saved from 'impending disaster' by 26 tonnes of salt

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If it had not been for a team of fast-moving staff and enough salt to fill a small house, would have destroyed the world's largest living coral exhibition.
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North Queensland rains trigger BOM special climate statement

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The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has released a special climate review, officially calling the rain in north Queensland "exceptional".
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Queensland flood devastation will take years to repair, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison met with business owners and embattled graziers as he toured flood-ravaged Cloncurry in north-west Queensland on Friday, saying it could take years to rebuild the cattle industry.
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Great Barrier Reef hit by 'extraordinarily large' muddy flood plume

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Massive plumes of polluted floodwater spanning the entire coast of north-east Queensland are encroaching on the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef, sparking a fresh threat to the beleaguered natural wonder.
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Flood-affected families 'dragging dead roos and cows' offered support for children as parents struggle

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Children in western Queensland have often watched as their parents pray for predictions of rain in the hope of relief from the unrelenting drought in the region.
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Tropical Cyclone Oma to approach Australian waters

13:11 EDT
Tropical Cyclone Oma is moving away from Vanuatu and could head towards Australian waters next week.
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Fish aerators, rescue efforts raise hopes that drought-stricken rivers can be restocked

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As warnings sound about , a small team of researchers hope they will be able to re-stock the river when the drought finally breaks.
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El Nino? Depends on who you ask.

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According to the US National Weather Service, El Nino has developed in the Pacific Ocean and is expected to continue during the next three months.
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Atmospheric sprite lightning captured on camera in rare and spectacular display in the Kimberley

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A Kimberley photographer has captured a spectacular and rare atmospheric phenomenon that has been described as nature's giant neon sign.
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Foreign aid under fire on social media with calls to 'help our own' during times of catastrophic natural disasters

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With floods in north Queensland, a summer of bushfires around the country, and one of the worst droughts in living memory, some people have taken to social media calling for "first and foremost".
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Drought and dust storms taking a toll on sheep and wool production

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Merino sheep were bred to endure the extremes of the Australian climate, but the ongoing drought coupled with recent dust storms is taking a toll on wool quality and quantity.
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Thursday February 14, 2019

Queensland graziers say cattle are too 'shell-shocked' after flooding to find food

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Some cattle are so "shell-shocked" from the flooding that has hit Queensland's north-west that they cannot walk to reach grass, a grazier says.
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New American rainfall record

15:00 EDT
A weather station in Hawaii has officially broken America's 24-hour rainfall record.
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Warm Autumn tipped for Australia, dry for some

12:12 EDT
The Bureau of Meteorology have issued their seasonal outlook for autumn and the picture it paints for Australia is pretty clear: warmer than usual.
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Australia's top toy library dumps contaminated toys following Townsville floods

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Piles of mouldy, awaiting collection all over Townsville — beds, sofas, stereos and toys.
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Drought-hit winemaker has 'eureka moment' finding water as tanks and dams run dry

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Farmers in drought-hit New South Wales are calling in water diviners and bore drillers in a desperate bid to discover groundwater on their properties and save their businesses.
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Dust shrouds Sydney as air quality readings in NSW reach 'hazardous' levels

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Air quality levels in NSW's Illawarra and south-west slopes have been rated "hazardous" due to a dust haze, which has also shrouded Sydney.
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Curious Kids: why do we have a drought?

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Curious Kids is a series for children.
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Heatwave grips Queensland as Roma and Brisbane suffer an unending run of scorchers

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Severe heatwave conditions along the length of the Queensland coast have brought a record-breaking run of high temperatures to the southern inland town of Roma and unrelenting searing weather to Brisbane.
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Wednesday February 13, 2019

Mendooran, where families survive on two loads of washing a week and three minute showers

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Many of us turn on the tap without thinking, but for the Draper family, the simple task is a luxury.
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Townsville rental prices skyrocket after flooding crisis, families struggle to find homes

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Some home rentals in Townsville are going for more than double their normal asking price as locals fight it out for rapidly dwindling housing stock.
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Fire, floods, dust and snow — how is this all happening at the same time?

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There are fires in NSW, a heatwave in south-east Queensland, the dust is still settling on Sydney and Canberra, and it snowed in Tasmania overnight.
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Truckload of donations from Brisbane community arrive in flood-impacted Townsville

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Although it is a three-day drive from Brisbane to Townsville, the 1,500-km distance has not stopped a truckload of community donations from arriving in the north Queensland city, a week after its worst-ever flooding.
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Opposition won't back PM's Future Drought Fund

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The Opposition will not back legislation to establish the Coalition's Future Drought Fund, labelling it a "Nationals slush fund".
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'A remarkable end to the fires': Snow falls on parts of Tasmania as fires still smoulder

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Tasmania has received its first snow of the year, and it's falling on areas that were threatened by fierce bushfires just last week.
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Cases of deadly dirt disease melioidosis will increase as climate changes, expert warns

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A senior tropical disease researcher is warning that cases of the potentially lethal soil-borne infectious disease melioidosis will increase due to climate change.
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Dust storms traversing eastern Australia

13:06 EDT
A large band of raised dust has travelled across NSW during the last 24 hours, browning skies and reducing air quality.
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Farm Innovation Fund to increase to a billion dollars if incumbent NSW Government returned, LNP pledges

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The New South Wales Government has vowed to pour another $350 million into its Farm Innovation Fund if the Liberal-National coalition is re-elected at the coming state election.
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Canberra dust storm cuts power to 6,500, shrouds iconic landmarks

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More than 6,000 Canberrans lost power on Tuesday and a health warning was issued due to strong winds that left the city covered in dust.
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Tuesday February 12, 2019

Townsville flood authorities confirm death from soil bacteria, several others in intensive care

18:28 EDT
A person has died in Townsville after contracting the dangerous soil-borne disease melioidosis amid a spike in cases in the wake of the north Queensland city's flood disaster.
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Doctor plays waiting game with insurance company over Townsville floods

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It's the follow-on devastation that no small business owner wants to think about — but one Townsville doctor is in limbo, waiting to hear whether his top-level insurance will even cover his practice.
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Dust storm developing in western NSW

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A dust storm is developing in western NSW this afternoon and some of this airborne dirt may reach coastal areas tonight.
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Clash of seasons brings snow and fire

14:11 EDT
Temperatures are plummeting in southeastern Australia today as a strong cold front brings a wintry mix of weather.
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NSW Rural Fire Service declares statewide total fire ban ahead of hot, windy conditions

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A total fire ban is in place across New South Wales with 33 bush and grass fires burning across the state, nine currently uncontained.
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Queensland flood video reveals moment police rescue 79yo man trapped in rising waters

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Dramatic police bodycam vision has captured the moment officers carried a 79-year-old man out of rising floodwaters that swamped his home near Richmond in north-west Queensland.
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Monday February 11, 2019

Townsville flood leaves eight people ill from potentially deadly soil bacteria

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A potentially deadly disease is infecting vulnerable Townsville residents amid the flood clean-up, health authorities in the north Queensland city are warning.
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Australia's biggest cattle company announces massive cattle losses in Qld floods

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Australia's largest pastoral company says it has lost thousands of cattle in unprecedented flooding, including almost 30,000 head on one of its Gulf of Carpentaria stations alone.
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Queensland floods from space

17:07 EDT
Queensland's flooding has been captured in spectacular detail by high resolution images taken from space by NASA's Terra satellite.
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Snow, fire, floods and severe storms in one day

16:51 EDT
Australia will live up to its reputation of variable and contrasting weather on Tuesday, with snow, bushfires, flooding, severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and dust storms all possible.
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Norfolk Island's drought proves the big dry extends beyond Australia's mainland

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It is hard to imagine that a small, subtropical island, surrounded by a vast ocean, could be struggling through drought similar to the one currently being endured on the Australian mainland.
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Malleefowl chick discovery on Eyre Peninsula hailed an 'exciting' find

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A malleefowl chick has been discovered for the first time in a wildlife refuge on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula.
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Sunday February 10, 2019

North Queensland flood victims need banks and insurers to be 'good corporate citizens', Deputy Premier says

18:57 EDT
Banks and insurers should "lift their socks" and show compassion to north Queenslanders affected by the floods, says Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.
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From Devastating Floods to Blistering Heat

12:38 EDT
Just after the massive flooding around Townsville and Northern Queensland in the past two weeks, a severe heatwave is taking hold this week.
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A 'fake' cool change in Sydney for Saturday

11:42 EDT
Sydney seemed to experience a 'fake' cool change yesterday afternoon as a brief shower dropped temperatures by 3.4 degrees in 10 minutes.
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Morning low cloud and fog blanket parts of southern Victoria

16:16 EDT

Early risers in Victoria were greeted to blanketing low cloud and areas of fog this morning, in the wake of a recent rainfall event.

Western Australia continuing to swelter this summer

13:02 EDT

The highest mean maximum temperature ever was recorded for WA this January, with hot temperatures looking to continue for the remainder of summer.

Volunteers drop fodder, supplies by helicopter in fight to save surviving cattle from floods

10:59 EDT

Amid the ongoing flood crisis in north-west Queensland, an army of volunteers and small businesses is making a difference in the fight to save surviving cattle from starvation.