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BREAKING AUSTRALIA WEATHER REPORT: Hit by dangerous rain band in NSW, QLD & Victoria over long weekend

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#AceWeatherDesk – Sydney Weather according to news.com.au — Wet and wild weather is expected to rain on the parade of most Australians’ long weekends, with a ‘dangerous’ band of rain currently moving through the eastern states to cause showers until Saturday: The eastern states can expect a wet end to the week, with promising signs that showers will ease by Sunday.

NEW SOUTH WALES:

NSW has borne the brunt of the wild weather so far, with widespread showers bringing up to 70mm of rainfall to the state before 9am on Thursday, and another 30-50mm falling throughout the day.

The NSW North Coast is particularly affected by the wild weather.
The NSW North Coast is particularly affected by the wild weather.

A low-pressure trough is behind the “dangerous” deluge, with several flood and severe weather warnings issued for the Northern Rivers and parts of the mid-North Coast, including Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay. 

Meldrum near Coffs Harbour has experienced the highest level of rain, with 130mm falling in the town, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Heavy rain falling on already saturated ground has caused floodwaters, threatening communities from the NSW-Queensland border to Wagga Wagga.

Motorists have been warned not to drive through floodwaters.
Motorists have been warned not to drive through floodwaters.

The heavy rain is expected to ease on Friday in NSW, with a few showers to stick around on Saturday. 

Dozens of flights were cancelled due to the weather, with thousands of Sydneysiders trying to leave the city on the National Day of Mourning public holiday impacted. 

Sydney Airport blamed bad weather and strong winds for the disruption, with 45 departing flights and 41 arrivals cancelled. 

The wet weather is expected to continue to dampen the mood in Sydney in the coming days, with a 100 per cent chance of showers on Friday, and 70 per cent on Saturday. 

Swans supporters will have sunny weather on Sunday to either celebrate or nurse their wounds after the AFL Grand Final, with an expected high of 20C.

Flood warnings have been issued for much of the state's north.
Flood warnings have been issued for much of the state’s north.

VICTORIA

Victorians are facing the prospect of a wet AFL Grand Final long weekend, with showers to affect the state on Friday and possibly continue into Saturday. 

Melburnians should expect “wet, showery days”, but will not receive the deluge that‘s currently affecting NSW. 

There is a “very high chance of showers” on Friday according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with 1-3mm of rainfall expected and a max temp of 18C on Friday. 

Victorians have been warned of a wet start to the AFL grand final weekend. Picture: David Crosling
Victorians have been warned of a wet start to the AFL grand final weekend. Picture: David Crosling

With a 40 per cent chance of rain during the Grand Final, it might be a good idea for Melburnians to pack a raincoat, though BOM expects that no more than one millimetre will fill the rain gauges. 

Sunday‘s weather is expected to be much fairer, with a high of 19C and only a 20 per cent chance of rain.

QUEENSLAND

Stormy weather has plagued parts of Queensland as the same trough that‘s affecting NSW rains down on the state’s southeast. 

However, things are expected to turn around this weekend as the rain heads south. 

Brisbane residents will be able to enjoy warm and sunny weather with expected highs of 27C on Saturday and Sunday. 

Queenslanders have also been hit by the trough currently bearing down on NSW. NewsWire / Sarah Marshall
Queenslanders have also been hit by the trough currently bearing down on NSW. NewsWire / Sarah Marshall

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 

South Australia is set for a fine few days, having already experienced the wet weather affecting the eastern states. 

Adelaide residents will have to put up with a little cloud but no showers on Friday and Saturday with temperatures of up to 18C. 

That‘s before the next weather system set in on Sunday when more showers will see up to 8mm of rainfall on Sunday and Monday. 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 

WA residents have managed to escape the wet weather and have settled in for a fine Thursday and Friday, with highs of 20C. 

Those in Perth will have to put up with a “very high” chance of up to 10mm of rain on Saturday, but showers are expected to clear by Sunday.

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WATCH PAKISTAN: Submerged Cities After Unprecedented Floods Across The Country

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#AceNewsDesk – Satellite images show unprecedented floods have left parts of Pakistan underwater according to Reuters By Aman Bhargava, Simon Scarr, Sudev Kiyada, Jitesh Chowdhury and Anand Katakam Published Sept. 19, 2022

Floods from record monsoon rains in Pakistan and glacial melt in the country’s mountainous north have affected 33 million people and killed over 1,500, washing away homes, roads, railways, bridges, livestock and crops in damage estimated at $30 billion.

Both the government and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres have blamed climate change for the extreme weather that led to the flooding and submerged huge areas of the nation of 220 million.

Large swathes of the country are inundated, and hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes while some villages have become islands.

Images from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite, analysed by Reuters, show the extent of flooding around towns and cities in Sindh province, one of the country’s worst affected areas.

There are at least three points in Dadu district in the province of Sindh where the Indus Highway is submerged, with traffic suspended for weeks, while Pakistan’s other highway connecting the north and south has also been badly hit by the flood waters.

The cities of Qambar and Larkana sit around 25 km apart and are just west of the Indus River. Both have been heavily impacted by flood water.

Images show farm fields that resemble massive lakes of several miles in diameter and landscapes which are usually a spectrum of brown, yellow and green, now submerged by water.

Reuters’ drone footage over Sindh showed agricultural and residential areas completely submerged in water, with just the tops of trees and buildings visible.

Reuters | Shahab Shahabuddin, Waseem Sattar

Urban centres like Larkana and Sukkur, while not completely unscathed, faced comparatively lesser damage from the flooding. The airport remains operational and is receiving flights that are carrying relief supplies that have been arriving from China, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates carrying tents, food and medicine. People from nearby villages are also queuing up to get treated at hospitals in the city.

U.N. agencies have begun work to assess the South Asian nation’s reconstruction needs after it received 391 mm (15.4 inches) of rain, or nearly 190% more than the 30-year average, in July and August. Sindh received 466% more rain than average.

The map below shows the extent of flooding through the province. Many of the towns and villages have been submerged or surrounded by flood waters.

Over the last few weeks, authorities have thrown up barriers to keep the flood waters out of key structures such as power stations as well as homes, while farmers who stayed to try and save their cattle faced a new threat as fodder began to run out.

Data from Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, shows how rapidly the disaster unfolded as more people died towards the end of August and the numbers continue to pile up. In Sindh, the country’s hardest hit region, accounts for little over 40 percent of the deaths.

As of Sept 18 the floods have partially or permanently damaged over 1.9 million houses, destroyed 12,718 km (7,902 miles) of roads, nearly a million livestock, and swamped millions of acres of farmland since the start of the monsoon.

Data shows how damage and destruction escalated during August when rains were heaviest. More than half a million homes have been completely destroyed. The majority of the damaged infrastructure is in Sindh.

The city of Khairpur Nathan Shah in Sindh, which is about 25 km (15.5 miles) west of the Indus River is completely surrounded by flood water. The roofs of the homes resemble an archipelago in place of a city.

The crisis is far from over as rescue operations have been unable to get to all the affected areas. Of the 33 million people affected, about half a million have been moved to camps with about 180,000 rescued. More than half of the country’s 160 districts continue to be affected by the floods.

Additional development by

Dea Bankova

Additional reporting by

Asif Shahzad and Syed Raza Hassan

Sources

ESA Sentinel-2; National Disaster Management Authority

Edited by

Simon Scarr, Anand Katakam and Raju Gopalakrishnan

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BREAKING DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: #HurricaneFiona slams into country after leaving mostly witdhout power

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#AceBreakingNews – UPDATE: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico/Santo Domingo, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Hurricane Fiona made landfall in the Dominican Republic on Monday, and Puerto Rico braced for another day of heavy rainfall and life-threatening flooding, a U.S. government agency said, one day after a widespread power outage hit the island.

The Dominic4an Republic is being battered with “extremely heavy rainfall” and winds as strong as 90 miles per hour, Eric Blake of the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, as storm conditions in Puerto Rico begin to subside.

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon, five years after the U.S. Caribbean territory was ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

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BREAKING JAPAN: #TyphoonNanmadol makes landfall in bringing winds and record rainfall with evacuation of people

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#AceBreakingNews – Typhoon Nanmadol has brought ferocious winds and record rainfall to parts of Japan, as one of the most significant storms to hit the country in years killed at least one person, disrupted transport and forced some manufacturers to suspend operations.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delayed his departure to New York, where he is due to deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly, until Tuesday to monitor the impact of the storm, media reported.

Waves batter the shore in Miyazaki, southern Japan
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delayed his departure to New York to monitor the impact of the storm.(AP: Kyodo News)none

“We need to remain highly vigilant for heavy rains, gales, high waves and storm surges,” a Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) official told a news conference.

Japan’s 14th typhoon of the season made landfall near Kagoshima city late on Sunday before battering the western island of Kyushu and roaring into the main island of Honshu.

A river in Kyushu’s Miyazaki prefecture overflowed, flooding fields and roads, footage from state broadcaster NHK showed.

Other video showed a riverside house hanging over a torrent, roofs ripped off buildings and billboards toppled.

NHK said one man was killed when his car was submerged by a flooded river and firefighters were trying to determine if a man in his 40s was inside a hut that was buried by a landslide.

At least 82 people have been injured, NHK said.

About 340,000 households, most of them in Kyushu, were without electricity early on Monday, the trade ministry said, while Kyushu Railway Co said it had halted operations on Kyushu, and Japan Airline Co Ltd and ANA Holdings cancelled about 800 flights, public broadcaster NHK reported.Local media said more than 300,000 households were without power.(Ap: Kyodo News)none

The storm was centred off the coast north of Shimane prefecture in western Honshu as of 4:00pm local time and was heading north-east at about 35 kph, the JMA said.

The storm would track the coast to the north of Honshu into Tuesday before moving out over the Pacific, the agency projected.

Up to 400 millimetres of rain was expected in central Japan’s Tokai region, the nation’s industrial heartland, over the next 24 hours, it said.

Toyota Motor Corporation was among manufacturers that said they would idle production at some factories due to the storm, but there were no reports of major damage to industry.

Intermittent bouts of heavy rain lashed Tokyo, but businesses in the capital were largely operating as normal.

Most schools were closed on Monday anyway for a public holiday.

Reuters

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BREAKING ITALY: At least 10 people have died, three are still missing after extreme storms have caused severe flooding in central Marche region.

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#AceBreakingNews – Flash floods hit Italy, at least ten dead, survivors rescued from rooftops and trees

Man wipes his forehead as he holds a spade and is surrounded by mud and people cleaning it up.
Locals work to clear way mud after deadly floods hit the central Italian region of Marche.(Reuters: Yara Nardi)none

Dozens of survivors scrambled onto rooftops or up into trees to await rescue as flash floods swept through several towns in hilly central Italy after hours of heavy rain.

“It wasn’t a water bomb, it was a tsunami,” Riccardo Pasqualini, the mayor of Barbara, told Italian state radio about the sudden downpour that devastated his town in the Marche region near the Adriatic Sea.

A mother and her young daughter were missing after trying to escape the floods, Mr Pasqualini told an Italian news agency. Elsewhere in town, a boy was swept away from the arms of his mother, who was rescued.

Mr Pasqualini said the overnight flooding left the town’s 1,300 residents without drinking water.

In  the village of Cantiano, residents were clearing mud from the streets after torrents swept through several towns leaving a trail of damaged cars. 

People stand in mud after deadly flooding cleaning up.
The clean-up has started in Cantiano, Italy. (Reuters: Yara Nardi)none

‘Like an earthquake’

Around 400 millimetres of rain fell within two to three hours, the civil protection agency said — a third of the amount usually received in a year.

“It was an extreme event, more than an exceptional one,″ climatologist Massimiliano Fazzini told Italian state TV.

Based on his calculations, he said the amount of rain that fell, concentrated over four hours, was the most in hundreds of years.

“It was like an earthquake,” Ludovico Caverni, the mayor of Serra Sant’Abbondio, another village hit by the floods, told RAI state radio.Rescue workers arrive with a dinghy on a flooded street in Senigallia.(Reuters: Vigili del Fuoco)none

Footage released by fire brigades showed rescuers on rafts trying to evacuate people in the seaside town of Senigallia.

With Italy’s national elections a little more than a week away, the deadly flooding has put climate change back onto the political agenda.

Paola Pino d’Astore, an expert at the Italian Society of Environmental Geology (SIGEA), said the floods were due to climate change and were not easy to predict.

“It is an irreversible phenomenon, a taste of what our future will be,” she said.Cars are stuck in mud after the flash flooding in Senigallia, Marche region, Italy. (AP: Gabriele Moroni)none

Some 300 firefighters are currently operating in the area and have rescued dozens of people who had climbed onto roofs and into trees overnight to escape the floods.

Stefano Aguzzi, head of civil protection at Marche’s regional government, said the downpour was far stronger than had been forecast.

“We were given a normal alert for rain, but nobody had expected anything like this,” he said.An aerial view of the Senigallia area after flooding hit the Marche region. (AP: Vigili del Fuoco)none

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BREAKING UPDATE ALASKA: Storm battering west causes widespread flooding, homes moved off foundations

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#AceBreakingNews – A powerful storm travelling north through the Bering Strait has caused widespread flooding in several western Alaska coastal communities, knocking out power and sending residents fleeing for higher ground.

a flooded street seen from the pavement with a light reflecting on the water
Some communities in western Alaska have been warned they will see the worst flooding in 50 years. (AP: Peggy Fagerstrom)none

The force of the water moved some homes off their foundations, and one house in Nome was floating down a river until it got caught at a bridge.

The storm is what remains of Typhoon Merbok, a storm that is also influencing weather patterns as far away as California, where strong winds and a rare late-summer rainstorm were expected.

In Alaska, there have been no reports of injuries or deaths from the storm, according to Jeremy Zidek, spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Officials had warned communities that some places could see the worst flooding in 50 years and water could take up to 14 hours to recede.

Governor Mike Dunleavy on Saturday issued a disaster declaration for impacted communities.

a red house with boarded up door is seen floating in a brown river
This home was seen floating in the Snake River near Nome after coming off its foundations.(AP: Peggy Fagerstrom)none

Among the hardest hit was Golovin, where most of the village’s 170 or so residents either took shelter at the school or in three buildings on a hillside.

Winds in the area were gusting over 95 kilometres per hour and the water level was 3.35 metres above the normal high tide line and was expected to rise another 61 centimetres on Saturday before cresting.

“Most of the lower part of the community is all flooded with structures and buildings inundated,” said Ed Plumb, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks.

Clarabelle Lewis, the facility manager for the tribal government, the Chinik Eskimo Community, was among those who sought refuge on the hill overlooking Golovin.

She and others were riding out the storm in the tribal office after securing items at their homes from the winds and helping their neighbours do the same.

“The winds were howling; it was noisy,” she said.The severity of the flooding is concerning locals. (AP: Peggy Fagerstrom)none

Ms Lewis has never experienced a storm like this in the 20 years she’s lived in Golovin.

“We’ve had flooding in the past a few times, but it was never this severe,” she said.

“We’ve never had homes moved from their foundations.”

There were also reports of flooding in Hooper Bay, St Michael’s, Unalakleet and Shaktoolik, where waves broke over the berm in front of the community, Mr Plumb said.

He said the storm will track through the Bering Strait on Saturday and then head into the Chukchi Sea.

“And then it’s going to kind of park and weaken just west of Point Hope,” he said of of the community on Alaska’s north-west coast.

He said there would be high water in the northern Bering Sea vicinity through Saturday night before starting to subside through Sunday.

Rising water levels farther north, in the Chukchi Sea and Kotzebue Sound areas would persist into Sunday.

In Northern California, wind gusts up to 40mph (64 kph) were forecast overnight Saturday and into Sunday morning along coastal areas from Sonoma County down to Santa Cruz and at higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada, the National Weather Service said.

AP

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BREAKING ALASKA: Braces for floods, power outages as colossal storm nears

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#AceBreakingNews – JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Residents on Alaska’s vast and sparsely populated western coast braced Friday for a powerful storm that forecasters said could be one of the worst in recent history, threatening hurricane-force winds and high surf that could knock out power and cause flooding.

The storm is the remnants of what was Typhoon Merbok, which University of Alaska Fairbanks climate specialist Rick Thoman said is also influencing weather patterns far from Alaska — a rare late-summer storm now is expected to bring rain this weekend to drought-stricken parts of California.

“All this warm air that’s been brought north by this ex-typhoon is basically inducing a chain reaction in the jet stream downstream from Alaska,” he said.

” It’s a historic-level storm,” Thoman said of the system steaming toward Alaska. “In 10 years, people will be referring to the September 2022 storm as a benchmark storm.”

Hurricane-force winds were forecast in parts of the Bering Sea, while in the small communities of Elim and Koyuk, around 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the hub community of Nome, water levels could be up to 18 feet (5 meters) above the normal high tide line, according to the National Weather Service. Flood warnings were in effect until Monday in parts of northwest Alaska.

In Nome, which has about 3,500 residents, Leon Boardway was working as usual Friday at the Nome Visitors Center, a half-block from the Bering Sea. “I just want to keep my door open and the coffee pot on,” he said after it had begun to rain and the winds picked up.

But few people were coming by. Residents, visitors and businesses in the town, famous for being at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and the setting for the dredging-for-gold reality show “Bering Sea Gold,” were boarding up windows and otherwise bracing for the storm.

“The ocean is getting worse out there,” said Boardway, 71, as he checked out the center’s webcam, which from its high perch has a good view of the swells.

“I hope everybody stays calm and everybody just gets in a good, safe position,” he said.

Typhoon Merbok formed farther east in the Pacific Ocean than where such storms typically appear. Water temperatures are unusually warm this year so the storm “was able to spin up,” Thoman said.

Meanwhile, a low-pressure system was expected to drop from the Gulf of Alaska and park off the coast of Northern California, producing gusty ridgetop winds before rains set in late Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

In the Sierra Nevada foothills northeast of the state capital of Sacramento, fire crews have been fighting what has become the largest wildfire in that state so far this year. While rain is needed, the storm was predicted to also bring winds that could spread the Mosquito Fire.

The storm will slow but not end California’s fire season because fuels are critically dry and a period of warmer, drier weather will follow, said Courtney Carpenter, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Forecasters said the weather system will spread rain down the state’s central coast but little if any is expected in most of Southern California, where mountain and desert communities are dealing with the aftermath of too much rain.

Crews were clearing head-high mud flows in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles, following flash-flooding Monday. Downpours from remnants of a Pacific hurricane caused the devastation in Southern California, with winds topping 100 mph (160 kph) last weekend.

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BREAKING CHINA: RED ALERT: Issued for ‘ #TyphoonMuifa with Strongest Tropical Cyclone

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#AceWeatherDesk – Powerful gales and torrential rain has battered eastern China as #TyphoonMuifa made landfall in what local media called the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the populous Yangtze River Delta in a decade.

Muifa landed around 8:30pm (local time) in Zhoushan as a strong typhoon, the second-highest in China’s tropical cyclone classification system, with the maximum wind speed near its centre reaching 42 metres per second, according to state weather forecasters.

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Muifa is expected to make landfall along coastal cities in Zhejiang province on Wednesday evening.(Reuters: Aly Song)none

That’s equal to 151 kilometres per hour, powerful enough to damage homes, topple trees and down power lines.

Muifa is expected to spin across Hangzhou Bay to make its second landfall around midnight near Shanghai, before continuing its northerly track to the provinces of Jiangsu and Shandong, state weather forecasters said.

Earlier on Wednesday, China raised its highest tropical cyclone alert as Muifa approached the Yangtze River Delta, a dense cluster of big cities with a total population of more than 230 million people.

The Yangtze Delta is also China’s most prosperous region, with Shanghai the nation’s financial and commercial capital and neighbouring cities important centres of industry.

The Ningbo-Zhoushan port and port of Shanghai are among the busiest in the world by cargo tonnage handled.

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Vessels in Zhejiang moored at a port ahead of Typhoon Muifa’s approach.(Reuters: China Daily)none

Flights at Zhoushan and Ningbo airports, in the coastal province of Zhejiang, were cancelled, while the ship bunkering hub shared by both cities suspended discharging and loading oil as tankers took shelter at anchorages.

All flights at Shanghai’s busy Pudong and Hongqiao airports were cancelled as a precaution.

The megacity of 25 million people took safety measures a step further by limiting speeds for ground elevated trains, or even closing stations, and warned of train delays to ensure safety in affected areas while keeping other sections operating.

Shanghai’s numerous outdoor COVID-19 testing sites were also shut, in a rare disruption to an entrenched testing regime since a citywide lockdown was lifted in June.

Zhejiang authorities issued a “red warning” for flash floods in several areas, the highest warning level in China’s four-tier typhoon warning system.

More than 1.14 million people in Zhejiang had been relocated ahead of the storm, according to local media.

Muifa was the strongest typhoon in the Yangtze River Delta in a decade.

Meteorologists said it was caused by this year’s unusually hot weather and high temperatures in the East China Sea, Chinese financial magazine Caixin reported.

In 2012, Typhoon Damrey made landfall in Jiangsu province north of the Yangtze River, the strongest tropical cyclone to batter the Yangtze River Delta since 1949, killing dozens, destroying tens of thousands of homes and causing billions of yuan in direct economic losses.

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FEATURED AUSTRALIA WEATHER REPORT: BOM Declares La Niña Increasing Flood Risk for Third Year in a Row – Heres what to do ?

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#AceWeatherDesk – After months of speculation it is finally Bureau of Meteorology official: we are in the third La Niña in row: So why does this climate driver bring so much rain and what should we expect this summer?

During a La Niña, the atmospheric circulation across the tropical Pacific is set up so that warm waters to Australia’s north-east and strong trade winds pump moisture into the atmosphere along Australia’s east coast.

When the right systems come along they can then tap into that moisture, bringing about heavy rains and flooding. 

It is something those in eastern Australia have been all too familiar with over the last two soaking La Niña summers. 

“The problem with a triple La Niña is that the ground is very wet already, our rivers are quite high, our creeks are full and our dams are quite full,” according to Dr Margaret Cook, environmental historian and lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast and researcher at Griffith University. 

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With the ground already so soggy, it won’t take much before waters rise again this season.(ABC News: Jessica Moran)none

“So we have less capacity to absorb this enormous amount of rain.”

It does not necessarily follow that this summer will definitely bring biblical floods.

But it doesn’t rule out floods this summer. 

What should we expect this summer?

Having two La Niñas in a row is pretty common, but three is far more unusual. 

Depending on the criteria you use, there have only been two or three previous triple La Niñas since the modern records began in 1900.

It doesn’t give us a huge amount of historical precedent to call upon. 

But according to Zoe Gillett, climate scientist at the University of New South Wales and ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, this round is already bucking the trends.

“When we have an El Niño it tends to trigger La Niña events,” she said.

All of the previous triple La Niña events had an El Niño the year before. The ENSO index based on the sea surface temperature variations in Pacific Ocean. Shaded blue regions show past La Niña events.(Supplied: Climate Extremes ARC centre of excellence, ENSO index via NOAA)none

“But this particular event is a bit different because it wasn’t preceded by an El Niño in the previous summer,” she said.

“It’s a bit intriguing, something we will be trying to understand in the coming years.”

How weak or strong the years within the triple La Niñas have been is also variable. 

“I had a bit of a look at the numbers and in 1954 to 1957, and in the 1998 to 2001 events, the third La Niña was the weakest of the three events,” Dr Gillett said. 

“But for the 1973 to 1976 event, the second La Niña was the weakest.

“These past events [therefore] don’t provide us with much guidance about what we can expect for this possible third consecutive La Nina.”

The fall out from the past triple-dips is also inconsistent. 

According to Dr Cook, the 1950s event brought enormous flooding in Queensland and northern New South Wales. 

Then the infamous 1973 to 1976 triple-dip was phenomenally wet. Brisbane’s CBD was inundated in late January 1974 during the 1970s triple La Niña.(Supplied: Royal Historical Society of Queensland)none

“1974 was the wettest year we have had on record so far throughout Australia and 1973 and 1975 were in the top five,” she said.

But Dr Cook said the 1990s triple La Niña wasn’t as wet.

“There was a lot of rain but we didn’t have extraordinary floods,” she said. 

“Even when you get a triple La Niña, they are unpredictable.” 

How is the season shaping up? 

“In our part of the world, in south-east Queensland, it still feels damp. We’ve still got mould, we’ve still got drying mud around the place,” Dr Cook said.

“It has sort of got that feel of: maybe something might happen.” The last two years have been decidedly soggy for much of the country.(Supplied: Bureau of Meteorology)none

How long this La Niña is likely to hang around is another good question at the moment. 

“We know that La Niñas and also El Niños tend to die off in autumn,” Dr Gillett said.

“The current forecasts suggest that La Niña will persist until at least the end of the year.” Sea surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific are only suggesting borderline La Niña levels in the coming months. (Bureau of Meteorology)none

Usually the worst floods come late summer after the ground has gone thorough a few rounds of rain.

But with catchments already sodden, it wont take much for the creeks and rivers to rise again this summer and La Niña is not the only driver out there pushing us towards rain. 

We are currently in the positive phase of the Southern Annular Mode and negative phases of the Indian Ocean Dipole.Multiple climate drivers are combining to pump moisture onto the continent at the moment.(ABC News)none

“All these phases, negative Indian Ocean Dipole, positive Southern Annular Mode and La Niña, all tend to promote increased rainfall across parts of Australia in various seasons,” Dr Gillett said. 

“That’s what we’re seeing in this upcoming period.”

Just how big those floods will or could be is another story.

“We can always get floods that are worse than the last one but we can’t predict that either,” Dr Cook said.The latest outlook from the Bureau looks less wet than the last but still indicates above average rainfall for the east coast.(Supplied: Bureau of Meteorology)none

What can we do to prepare? 

“My main concern is that actually we are all really tired,” Dr Cook said.

“We’ve got flood fatigue. We are all a bit over these floods and rain.” 

With the lingering mould and mud, many will not want to face the coming summer, but Dr Cook is optimistic the La Niña will spur people into action.

“We’ve got lots of warning so let’s think about what’s important to us and maybe start making some plans,” she said.

“Have our valuables ready to go, our pets at the ready and know where we can go when the rains do set in.” 

ABC Emergency has a wealth of information on what you should do to get ready if the worst happens.

Prepare your home:

  • Obtain a copy of your local council’s flood plan, which should show the location of problem areas, evacuation routes and relief centres.
  • Work out what the safest route to leave your property would be, and if you could be cut off by floodwaters.
  • Sandbags can help to protect your home when used correctly. The SES or your local council is the best place to start.
  • Know the kind of flooding your area is prone to. You might get advance warning if a river is rising, however flash flooding after heavy rainfall can happen within hours or minutes when runoff or drainage can’t disperse the water.
  • If a flood is likely, tune in to your local ABC Radio station and keep listening for advice and warnings. You can find your local station on the ABC Radio frequency finder as well as listen online or via the ABC listen app.

The climate drivers are aligning to encourage rain for much of the country this summer.(Supplied: Matt Grbin)none

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FEATURED: COPERNICUS #CLIMATECHANGE SERVICE REPORT: Confirms that Europe’s warm summer shatters records with August hottest ever

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#GlobalWarming & #ClimateChange News Desk – A series of extreme heatwaves and a long running drought saw June, July and August shatter the previous high mark for temperature: The Copernicus Climate Change Service said the data showed August in Europe was the warmest on record by “a substantial margin.”

By Matt McGrath
Environment correspondent

Sun

Globally, the researchers say August was the third warmest yet recorded.

It will come as no surprise to anyone who experienced this summer’s intense heat across the continent that the temperature record across Europe has been broken by a large margin. 

According to data from Copernicus, this year saw a new record for both the summer as a whole and for the month of August. 

The summer was 0.4C warmer than the previous record, only set last year.

August was a whopping 0.8C warmer than the same month in 2018.

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Fires were common in many places including here in Portugal

“An intense series of heatwaves across Europe paired with unusually dry conditions, have led to a summer of extremes with records in terms of temperature, drought and fire activity in many parts of Europe, affecting society and nature in various ways,” said Freja Vamborg, a senior scientist with the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

“The data shows that we’ve not only had record August temperatures for Europe but also for summer, with the previous summer record only being one year old.”

In the UK, temperatures reached a new high of 40.3C, recorded in Coningsby in Lincolnshire on July 19. It was a significant leap over the previous record of 38.7C set in 2019.

These extremes were also seen in many other countries with 64 different areas of France experiencing record highs, while temperatures in Portugal reached 47C in July.

Europe also experienced the worst drought conditions in 500 years. 

Around the globe the high temperatures in August persisted widely, with drought conditions also affecting China.

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Drought across Europe was the worst in 500 years

But it wasn’t a uniform picture – many areas had significant downpours resulting in flooding. 

As we’ve seen most recently in Pakistan, wetter than average conditions have triggered huge floods, leading to loss of life and property.

The satellite data also shows that it was wetter than average over most of Scandinavia and in parts of southern and south eastern Europe, where a “derecho” storm brought extreme winds and rain.

Climate scientists say that both extreme heat and wet conditions are to be expected in a warming climate where emissions of warming gases from human activities have driven up temperatures by over 1.1C at present. 

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