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Recovery from record drought under way for farming communities in south-west Queensland. Widespread rain and flooding have put drought-affected communities in south-west Queensland on the path to recovery.

Recovery from record drought under way for farming communities in south-west Queensland

Key points: Widespread rain and overflowing dams are reviving drought-affected communitiesStrong cattle prices and soil moisture are boosting farmer confidenceIrrigated cotton growers are set to harvest their first crops in years Graziers are beginning to rebuild herds, the soil is moist and ready for winter cropping and irrigators are harvesting floodwaters for next summer. Broader regional economies are also beginning to bounce back from the toll taken by drought.

She-Oak and Sunlight exhibition is a tribute to Australia's golden light. It's the light that shocks you most.

She-Oak and Sunlight exhibition is a tribute to Australia's golden light

Is there any light like it anywhere else in the world? You know that moment when you touch down back in Australia — OK, the last time you did that was a while ago — to be overwhelmed by that brutal, brilliant noonday light? And that breathless pink and blue blush at the edge of the eastern sky at dusk, when the scrub to the west is ablaze in orange? I wonder at the tens of thousands of years of sunrises and sunsets that our first nations people saw and made their life under — imagine, tens of thousands of years. And I wonder at the slowly accumulated knowledge and understanding of weather and threat and impending change that they gleaned from those millions of days under these skies. 'Autumn predictability barrier' means April is the toughest month to make climate forecasts. After the recent record rain and the previous summer's record dry, what does this winter's climate have in store?

'Autumn predictability barrier' means April is the toughest month to make climate forecasts

Key points: Autumn is the most difficult season to make long-term climate forecastsThe main climate drivers are often in neutral in autumnSeasonal forecasts become more accurate as climate drivers become clearer in winter The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting April to June to be likely wetter than average across the north of Australia and drier than average for the southern half of Queensland, inland parts of NSW and Victoria, and far eastern SA.

But making seasonal forecasts at this time of year is difficult, due to what forecasters call the "autumn predictability barrier". Lake Pinaroo fills for first time in 10 years as Far West NSW welcomes heavy rains. For the first time in 10 years, Lake Pinaroo in the far west of New South Wales is full after heavy rains drenched the desert region.

Lake Pinaroo fills for first time in 10 years as Far West NSW welcomes heavy rains

Key points: A researcher living close to Lake Pinaroo says he had almost 100 millimetres of rain on his propertyTibooburra recorded its wettest March day on record during last week's drenching of Far West NSWThousands of waterbirds have returned to the lake following the heavy rainfall The lake is located about 100 kilometres west of Tibooburra and about 30 kilometres from Cameron Corner — where New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland intersect.

Wild Deserts project coordinator Reece Pedler, who lives near the lake at Fort Grey Homestead, said just under 100 millimetres of rain had been recorded there recently. He said after living at the site for about four years, he and his family did not think they would ever see the lake full. BOM declares La Niña over – but that doesn't mean the rain is done. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has reset the El Niño Southern Oscillation outlook to inactive, meaning the 2020-21 La Niña is over.

BOM declares La Niña over – but that doesn't mean the rain is done

Key points: After a wet few months, the BOM officially declares the La Niña overConditions over the Pacific Ocean are expected to return to neutral for the next few monthsBut wetter-than-average conditions are still expected for the tropical north in the coming weeks BOM climatologist Naomi Benger stressed, though, that it did not mean it would be all blue skies for the foreseeable future. "What it really means is that La Niña is no longer dominating our climate but other localised drivers will become the primary influencers," she said. "In particular, we're expecting the Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) to move through the Australian tropics, and that's going to increase cloudiness and rainfall over the next week or two for northern Australia.

" How to tell the new season is starting, according to the Noongar people of WA. After the blistering heat of summer, many welcomed March 1 as the start of autumn's cooler nights and mild days.

How to tell the new season is starting, according to the Noongar people of WA

In WA's South-West, the local Indigenous people also say a new season is beginning — but not because the calendar has ticked over into March. Elderly NSW flood veterans can help predict weather cycles, expert says. Ted Books admits his memory isn't what it used to be, after all, he's 86.

Elderly NSW flood veterans can help predict weather cycles, expert says

But there's one thing the Sydney man can recount without skipping a beat — floods. He remembers hauling people into rescue boats on the Hawkesbury River in the 1950s and 60s, when things got really bad. This week, several areas along the Hawkesbury were ordered to evacuate, with water levels reaching more than 12 metres at Windsor, flooding homes and cutting off roads and bridges. Mr Books knew it was history repeating itself — problem is, no one listens to him. Satellite images of Hawkesbury River flooding show true extent of NSW devastation. Satellites orbiting the earth's exosphere have been able to capture the true extent of the past week's flood devastation in NSW.

Satellite images of Hawkesbury River flooding show true extent of NSW devastation

The imagery shows fields and properties along the Hawkesbury River completely underwater. The entire NSW coast has been drowned by at least 200 millimetres, and in some places, more than 400mm of rain. To put that in context, Sydney averages 132mm of rain for the whole month of March. Parts of Sydney's north evacuated amid major flood risk as wild weather set to continue. Parts of Sydney's north-west have been ordered to evacuate overnight amid a major flooding risk in low-lying areas of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River.

Parts of Sydney's north evacuated amid major flood risk as wild weather set to continue

The NSW SES has received 6,000 calls for help so far, with 640 overnightTwo bushwalkers were rescued in the Blue Mountains after they were trappedThe flood crisis will likely continue until Thursday as the trough moves south The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is ordering anyone in low lying areas of Agnes Banks, Pitt Town Bottoms, Pitt Town North, Cornwallis, Grono's Point on the Hawkesbury and low-lying areas of North Richmond to evacuate. Another order was issued for Freeman's Reach along the Hawkesbury. The SES said moderate flooding is taking place along the Hawkesbury at North Richmond and Windsor, but the river level is expected to exceed the major flood level (10.5 metres) on Sunday morning, with further rises possible.

Statewide a total of 640 calls for help were made overnight, with 66 of those being flood rescues. Warragamba Dam overflows for first time in years amid NSW 'extreme weather event' Sydney's main water source, Warragamba Dam, has spilled over for the first time since 2016, as rivers in Australia's largest city swell amid a downpour.

Warragamba Dam overflows for first time in years amid NSW 'extreme weather event'

Water began cascading over the dam wall about 4.00pm Saturday, not long after authorities warned much of Greater Sydney to brace for flooding. NSW's coastline has been pummelled by a days-long rain event that the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has warned will continue into next week. Several areas have sustained record falls, and while the dam — which is about 70 kilometres from Sydney's CBD — also spilled over in 2012 and 2013, the last major flooding event was in 1990. An evacuation order was issued for Picton, about 40km away from the dam, just over an hour after it started overflowing. Queensland to see a mixed bag of weather this weekend with temps into the 40s, before a cool change. From rain and really hot weather to cool changes and flood warnings, this weekend will keep you on your toes in Queensland.

The sudden changes in temperature would be felt most in western QueenslandBirdsville is forecast to hit more than 40C on SaturdayShowers due to increase across the southern inlsnad. La Niña drives cool temperatures, high rainfall during Australian summer. Australia recorded its wettest summer in half a decade and its coolest in nine years as La Niña snapped an eight-year hot streak in 2020/21. Key points: Australia's mean summer temperature was 0.6 degrees Celsius above the average — the coolest in nine yearsLa Niña drove the cooler, wetter conditions, but experts say its influence is waning as climate change takes holdGlobally, 2021 saw the sixth hottest January since records began. Heavy rain keeps SES busy in Tasmania's north-west, flood warnings remain. Tasmania's north has been pounded by heavy rain and thunderstorms, leading to flash flooding and cutting power to thousands of homes overnight. Key points: FOI documents show Darwin's $2.7m shade structure reduces heat by less than 1C.

A $2.7 million government-funded shade structure in Darwin's CBD has cooled temperatures underneath it by less than 1 degree Celsius in the two years since it was built, documents obtained by the ABC reveal. An $80,000 study assessing the shade structure's effectiveness has been obtained through FOIData from mid-2020 shows it reduced average peak heat by 2 per cent, from 32.1C to 31.4CResearchers say the structure's cooling performance will improve once the vines are fully grown The 55-metre structure on Cavenagh Street was completed in late 2018 as part of the NT Government's plan to transform Darwin into "a cool, tropical, world-renowned destination", after a 2017 heat study revealed some surfaces in the city were hitting temperatures between 45C and 67C.

At the time, Chief Minister Michael Gunner described Cavenagh Street as "a river of fire" and said a reduction of between 2C and 4C was necessary to make Darwin "walkable and liveable". Uncertain weather outlook for WA firegrounds as thunderstorms forecast for south-east. As devastating fires claim scores of homes in the Perth Hills a tropical low is tracking down the north-west coast, a transient Tasman low is brewing in the east and a front is making its way across the Bight.

Key points: Although temperatures are expected to ease, dry, windy conditions will continue to make firefighting difficult in south-west WAThe low that has been tracking along the WA coast is no longer expected to reach cyclone level in the coming daysA cold front and cut-off low pressure system is expected to bring thunderstorms to the south-east at end the week Temperatures are expected to drop from the high to low 30s on the firegrounds today, but there is little rain on the way and the Bureau of Meteorology says wind will continue to cause problems over the next few days.

Senior forecaster Jonathan How said a number of wind changes were expected and their unpredictability was likely to be compounded by the low tracking down the West Australian coast. Former Tropical Cyclone Eloise destroys buildings and crops across parts of south-eastern Africa. The death toll from former Tropical Cyclone Eloise has risen to at least 12, according to figures from authorities across south-eastern Africa, where heavy winds, rain and flooding have also destroyed buildings and crops.

More than 8,000 people have been displacedThe cyclone exacerbated existing floods in central MozambiqueOngoing rains threaten further floods throughout the region. Victoria's heatwave weather conditions spark most significant fire risk this season. The next 24 hours will be the most challenging fire conditions for Victoria in recent times, emergency officials say, as heatwave conditions continue to build across south-eastern Victoria. How to make your home more resilient to heatwaves and severe storms in summer - Science. Some parts of Australia are sweltering as a heatwave moves from Adelaide across to the east coast.

South-east set to swelter in heatwave fuelled by cyclone brewing off WA. More than 130 vehicles involved in crash during blizzard on Japanese highway leaving one dead, 17 injured. A massive pile-up of more than 130 vehicles on a highway in northern Japan during a blizzard has left at least one person dead and 17 injured. Spanish snow storm Filomena kills four, traps thousands in cars and airports. A persistent blizzard has blanketed large parts of Spain with 50-year record levels of snow, killing at least four people and leaving thousands trapped in cars, train stations and airports. More than 650 roads were blocked by snow leaving some drivers stuck overnightSchools and universities are closed until WednesdayThe State Meteorological Agency said it was the heaviest snowfall in Madrid since 1971 Storm Filomena caused travel chaos across the country with national troops being mobilised to rescue trapped motorists.

Rescue services have reached 1,500 people trapped in cars, but there may still be others. Ralph measures rain by the metre on NSW coast as BoM Climate Summary tells tale of vastly different years. Ralph Clissold is used to rain. Since December 10 there's been only one day without it on his Mount Seaview property west of Port Macquarie on the NSW Mid North Coast.

Key points: 2020 ties with 2016 as world's hottest year on record, EU climate change service. How does the weather make for a bad fire day? Victoria hit by severe thunderstorms, producing heavy hail and flash flooding. 2020 Weather: The year that dawned in fire and ended in flood. Isolated Utopia homelands in central Australia cut off by heavy rainfall. Victoria's wild weather should serve as warning for rest of summer, CFA chief says. From bushfires to flash flooding, what will the Australian summer of the future look like? The anatomy of a firestorm: Researchers use radar to peer into a bushfire phenomenon. Inland New South Wales rivers may never recover from the last drought, expert warns. Summer solstice 2020: Planets come out to play at end of longest day. Predicting river levels used to be guesswork, but a new tool now gives seven-day forecasts. Japanese snowstorm brings traffic to a halt on expressway in Niigata prefecture.

First monsoon of the Top End wet season forecast to form off north-east Arnhem Land tomorrow - ABC News. The term has been used a lot over the past few days, so what exactly is a' king tide'? - ABC News. 13 young students and two adults taken to hospital after lightning strikes Gladstone school - ABC News. Queensland braces for record temperatures as heatwave intensifies in first days of summer - ABC News. Bureau of Meteorology says the NT experienced its hottest November in 100 years - ABC News. BOM's outlook suggests a wet summer. But never rule out fire - ABC News. How the ABC produced the Mt Resilience Augmented Reality experience to explore a way of living with big weather and climate change - ABC News.

Two Young Nomads (Meg and Ollie Clothier) spend honeymoon as caretakers on drought-affected farms - ABC News. What drought, La Niña and emotional hardship has taught these farmers about a better future - ABC News. Bees are back: NSW hives recover strongly after heavy toll of drought and bushfire, and farmers are delighted - ABC News. 2020 a harvest boom year as NSW growers crunch the numbers after years of drought - ABC News. Severe heatwave could break record temperatures in the Top End - ABC News. Why the bushfire royal commission's final report is not about apportioning blame - ABC News. The 'loss and devastation' of a relentless drought captured from space. Cold air funnel spotted over Warwick as storms hit southern Queensland - ABC News. Thousands of waterbirds return to Lake Cowal wetlands after drought breaks - ABC News. NSW farmers welcome 'unbelievable' rain as BOM warns La Niña could 'swing from drought to flood' - ABC News.

BOM declares a La Nina, signalling wet spring and summer likely for northern, eastern Australia - ABC News. La Nina set to bring more cyclones to WA's north, but extra rain is unlikely to help the south-west - ABC News. Satellite imagery reveals, in precise detail, extent of NSW bushfire destruction across Black Summer - ABC News. Atmospheric rivers form in both the Indian and Pacific Oceans, bringing rain from the tropics to the south - ABC News. July 19, 1965 – the day Queensland froze and snow fell in the tropics - ABC News. Wet winter likely as speculation over La Nina and a negative IOD mounts. Ex-tropical cyclone Esther hits Victoria, bringing heavy rain, flooding and damaging winds. Summers are now twice as long as winters in all Australian capital cities, report finds.

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