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JMA Himawari-8

Australia Satellite Notes

Thick cloud over NW Australia with Ex-tropical Cyclone Esther is bringing heavy rain and storms. Cloud over SW and western WA, east QLD & NE NSW with troughs is triggering showers and storms. Mostly clear elsewhere under a high.

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Murray-Darling Basin Plan 'in action' after first major break in drought since deal was struck in 2012

17:23 EDT

The first major flood after eight years of drought is flowing down the Balonne River in southern Queensland this week in what could be the first real test of the northern projects of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, struck in 2012.

Melbourne's cool, wet summer by modern standards

14:49 EDT

Melbourne is likely to have just experienced its coolest summer in at least 15 years.

This week's Perth storms are weather events the BOM finds almost impossible to predict

11:50 EDT

Perth residents have been left bewildered this week as ferocious storms have appeared seemingly out of nowhere, causing widespread destruction in a matter of minutes.