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NASA's TRMM Satellite adds up Tropical Cyclone Ita's Australian soaking

After coming ashore on April 11, Tropical Cyclone Ita dropped heavy rainfall over the weekend that caused flooding in many areas of northeastern Australia's state of Queensland. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite known as TRMM gathered data on rainfall that was used to create a rainfall map at NASA. read more

Yowie Sighting at North Aramara, Queensland

The cattle on a milking farm failed to return in the evening. Michael and family friends went out to search for them. As they came to the boundary of the property, the group were confronted by all the cattle and their dogs racing towards them in fear with their tails between their legs. Behind the animals, was a Yowie in chase.

Swanbank shut-down a swan song for gas fired power in Australia

Tristan Edis at the BS has a look at how LNG exports from Queensland are killing gas fired power generation - Swanbank shut-down a swan song for gas. Queensland government-owned Stanwell has announced it will be mothballing its gas-fired 385 megawatt Swanbank E power station in October for up to three years. Show More Summary

1911 cyclone

On March 16, 1911, a cyclone devastated the small Far North Queensland community of Port Douglas, 70km north of Cairns, razing many of its buildings. During the storm, many of the townspeople took refuge at the government bond store, which was described as “a substantial building”, though it was no match for the full force [...]

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Ita over the Coral Sea

Tropical Cyclone Ita made landfall in northeastern Queensland, Australia on April 11 as a powerful Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, moved south and re-emerged in the Coral Sea on April 14 where NASA's TRMM and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP Satellites captured imagery of the weakened storm. read more

Motorists Shunning Driver Reviver Stops

The RACQ has conducted a poll of long-distance drivers in an effort to gain a better understanding of how they make use of the state’s 34 designated driver reviver sites. According to RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie, Queensland motorists...Show More Summary

The “People’s Budget” that doesn’t add up

The LNP government in Queensland is launching a massive and expensive campaign to persuade voters to accept the sale of publicly owned assets. This follows an earlier campaign by the Bligh-Fraser Labor government (remember how well that worked out!) and looks likely to make the same claims, with the additional twist that the Labor government, […]


Cyclone Ita hit far north Queensland’s coast with wind speeds of up to 200 km an hour, before weakening to a category two storm.

Severe Cyclone Ita heads towards Queensland

At 3:00pm today EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita, Category 5, was about 130km N-NE of Cooktown and 290km N of Cairns, and moving S-SW at 14km per hour.   Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita,

Weekly Open Thread with Cyclone-Ready Pets

These pooches are crated up in Queensland's Cooktown evacuation centre, waiting with everyone else for Cyclone Ita to pass. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything you like over this weekend and throughout the week. with a few netiquette exceptions

Tropical Cyclone Ita Buffets Australia, But Worst-Case Scenario Averted

Tropical Cyclone Ita, one of the most formidable storms to ever threaten Australia, crossed the coast of northern Queensland near Cape Flattery at about 10 p.m. local time on April 11. Fortunately for those affected by the storm, it made landfall in considerably weaker shape compared to its peak intensity as a high-end Category 4 storm on the U.S. Show More Summary


More than 9,000 residents of far north Queensland coastal communities in the path of tropical cyclone Ita have been warned to expect “very destructive winds” and possible flash flooding as the giant category-five weather system bears down.

BoQ buys Investec commercial arm

Bank of Queensland plans to buy the professional finance and leasing arm of South African-owned Investec's Australian unit for A$440m. ||| Sydney - Bank of Queensland Ltd said it will buy the professional finance and leasing arm of South...Show More Summary

Waiting for the cyclone

With reports of cyclone Ita threatening the North Queensland coast this week I have been reading Vance Palmer’s 1947 novel ‘Cyclone‘.  The novel uses the rising tension ahead of an approaching cyclone as a background to the increasing conflict and emotional tension between three men, partners in a marginal shipping business, and their families.  There [...]

Dangerous Tropical Cyclone Ita To Make Landfall in Australia

Tropical Cyclone Ita, which surprised forecasters by rapidly intensifying into a fierce, compact storm that packs winds up to 160 miles per hour, is bearing down on the coast of northeastern Queensland, Australia With each successive...Show More Summary

NASA sees hurricane-strength Tropical Cyclone Ita heading toward Queensland

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Ita approaching Australia on April 10 at 00:25 UTC. The image showed a cloud-shrouded eye with a thick band of powerful thunderstorms around the center of circulation. read more

Townsville Opts for a Liebherr LHM 420

Australian-based Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS) has placed an order for a Liebherr mobile harbor crane, type LHM 420, to operate on Berth 3 and 4 in the Port of Townsville, Queensland.

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