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Old 02-26-2022, 10:30 PM   #1
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Extreme Weather Event in SouthEast Queensland, Australia

Folks, things are getting a bit hectic in our part of the world right now. A massive tropical low pressure rain band has been locked into place over the region by a blocking high, so the amounts of rain being deposited has been massively more than forecast. It is now fronting up as being worse than the previous records set in 1974 and 2011.





Tends to make the pandemic - or even Ukraine - a bit less pressing and a bit surreal for us right now.
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Old 02-26-2022, 10:34 PM   #2
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Yeah it's getting bad
Thankfully where we are on the Gold Coast just wind and rain at this stage
Water is brown but no debris


Sinking yacht in this one
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Old 02-26-2022, 10:47 PM   #4
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They are starting to call it the perfect storm - where two storm cells are coming together, but worse still, hardly moving...

Here on Bribie, being a small island, there are no rivers, and the streams have a short run to the sea, so apart from local accumulations in hollows that don't drain well, there is no flooding. However, we have had about 600mm over the last four days, so we are lucky it flows off into the sea quite quickly. However, the road to the bridge on the mainland side was closed for a time. It has now moved more south and away from us, so the rain has more or less ceased here, at least for now. Well, looking at the radar, not quite yet. Where we are on Bribie is the small bit of land visible just west of Cape Moreton, sort of under the 'ure' of Caboolture...
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Old 02-27-2022, 12:34 AM   #5
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Ugly. Moving south tomorrow morning according to predictions and Premier. Entering northern NSW and ? how far south. We`re already pre-saturated in Sydney.
Stay safe up there.
Houseboats and bridges don`t play well.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-...lood/100865610
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We are heading for Green Cape Lighthouse, near Eden, tomorrow for five nights, after a cycling sojourn in Victoria. The low pressure system is coming down the coast and should hit us on Wednesday.

The lighthouse is at the end of a tricky 25 kilometre dirt road access,that becomes even trickier in wet weather. The light station is solar powered with diesel generator backup, so should be fun.

I bought a bottle of Old Horny Goat (mead) to while away the time.
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Wow! I wish you the best of luck getting through all that!
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Some affected Queensland and northern NSW areas had around 28 inches of rain in 24 hours. That`s a lot of water, some deaths, and a lot of rescues. Call went out for anyone with a boat to rescue a pregnant lady off a roof in Engine St Lismore, and for boatowners to assist with evacs generally.

It`s coming from what is called a river in the sky(isn`t there a song with that line in it?). Fortunately for Qld it`s moving south, unfortunately for us we are located south. Going to get ugly on Wednesday.
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Some affected Queensland and northern NSW areas had around 28 inches of rain in 24 hours. That`s a lot of water, some deaths, and a lot of rescues. Call went out for anyone with a boat to rescue a pregnant lady off a roof in Engine St Lismore, and for boatowners to assist with evacs generally.

It`s coming from what is called a river in the sky(isn`t there a song with that line in it?). Fortunately for Qld it`s moving south, unfortunately for us we are located south. Going to get ugly on Wednesday.
Here you go, Bruce; by the Welsh artist, Duffy (who had her own hellish experience a year or so ago). Wishing the best for y’all.

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Thanks Ian. Persistent searching reveals the song in my errant mind was Stevie Wonder`s "Ribbon in the Sky". Close but you get the cigar.
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Extreme weather from Queensland to the north is travelling south, becoming an "East Coast Low". Still lots of rescues from roof tops, and severe flooding.
Here`s a reminder of sea conditions associated with an ECL, featuring a traditional Sydney-Manly route ferry. The new catamaran ferries are not up to dealing with a 2M swell let alone this stuff, one flexed and popped a window.
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Bruce, have you made plans for Wednesday. Are you in a flood zone?
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Amongst the flooding, the increasing evacuations, people who have lost their homes,livelihoods possessions,pets, with worse to come,there is a touching story of a man entering floodwaters to rescue a wallaby(smaller version of kangaroo). We owe so many selfless heroes so much.
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You are right Bruce. Cases of amazing bravery and community spirit all over. Sadly this is going to go on for a long time. Here in SE Queensland we are being hit again.
This time heavy rain, destructive winds, and hail up to 6cm across. This, when they are all still out there trying to clean up from the floods of last week. It breaks your heart. https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/...1&overallPos=1
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You are right Bruce. Cases of amazing bravery and community spirit all over. Sadly this is going to go on for a long time. Here in SE Queensland we are being hit again.
This time heavy rain, destructive winds, and hail up to 6cm across. This, when they are all still out there trying to clean up from the floods of last week. It breaks your heart. https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/...1&overallPos=1
Even your floodwaters rose again, very tough on the locals, may it end soon. In Sydney, after overnight moderate to heavy rain (my drainage did its job including the trench I dug next door to divert surface water) there is some easing, but for how long. And the forecast potential rainfall today has been lowered. Major flooding of the Hawkesbury River is happening but I think the marina will be ok.(PS Courier Mail has a paywall, thanks Rupert)
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(PS Courier Mail has a paywall, thanks Rupert)
Oh, sorry, because I subscribe, it opens for me anyway, but I saw somewhere they had opened up these 'breaking news' type warnings in the public interest. Is that not so..?
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I've been thinking of you folks in Queensland. How are conditions today?

Saw this bit about a fellow on a cargo ship needing medical rescue. The RACQ helicopter apparently had to leave a paramedic on board overnight as the seas were too rough to take the patient off the ship by Life Flight.

Here is the story (no paywall on this site):

https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-nsw-floods-live-updates-latest-news-weather-warnings-rain-radar-forecast-march-3-2022-ballina-sydney-windsor-lismore/e2e72e76-ab48-4096-b1fa-9f5c3482ef59

Watching that video of the Manly ferry, I was sure it was going to broach when it made the turn (near end of video). Good Lord, that is a nasty sea state! And that double-ender ferry should go in the "Interesting Boats" thread.

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I hope you guys all come through this OK. It’s easy to ignore things like this when they are so far away, but please know we are thinking of you!
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Those wonderful Manly ferries owe their design to older versions, many of which were built in the UK and came to Australia on their own bottom. Best example is SS South Steyne.The "Heads"(headlands)of Sydney Harbour bookend the direct opening to the ocean, in strong easterly conditions the ferry course goes out to between the Heads before "tacking" back in. That turn needs to be carefully timed to avoid broaching.
Southern Queensland and the coast north of a very lucky Sydney are still getting whacked. What happens next, where the Low heads, is hard to predict. There is still a lot of water to drain into the rivers, the land can absorb no more moisture.
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Wifey B: We have a friend in Lismore. They live in a family home that has been in the family since the 20's. It's on a hill so hasn't flooded ever more than 4 or 5 bricks high on one corner. However, wiped out a lot of treasured photos and possessions and more family had to come in to help. Then in the middle of helping, her daughter got Covid, as people have relaxed on protocols in the midst of fighting flooding. Definitely record conditions.
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