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Saturday May 15, 2021

Black mould an invisible threat growing behind walls of flood-affected homes

ABC image 00:33 AEST Black mould is the latest threat for flood-affected homeowners, with the scale of the problem overwhelming volunteer crews.
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Friday May 14, 2021

Cold fronts crossing Victoria bring mild May to chilly end

ABC image 03:15 AEST A series of cold fronts will bring Melbourne's unseasonably warm May to a chilly end.
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Many of Victoria's river catchments did not recover for years after Millennium Drought, study finds

02:25 AEST South-east Australia is green again after a good year of rain and its rivers and streams are flush with water.
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Thursday May 13, 2021

Bundaberg East flood levee in limbo as state and federal ministers trade barbs

ABC image 20:40 AEST While thousands of homes and businesses remain at risk of severe flooding in Bundaberg, a war of words has erupted between all levels of government over Queensland's "number one flood resilience project".
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Sunshine Coast faces massive clean-up as parts of shopping centre ceiling collapses during storm

ABC image 06:46 AEST Multiple stores in the Sunshine Coast region's largest shopping centre are closed for business this morning after torrents of water flowed through the roof, damaging stock and electronics.
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BOM explains why Brisbane and south-east Queensland has had storms with hail in May

ABC image 05:50 AEST May weather in south-east Queensland is supposed to be fairly unremarkable.
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Federal government announces reinsurance pool to cover cyclone damage in northern Australia

ABC image 05:49 AEST Home and business insurance premiums will become cheaper for people living in flood and cyclone-prone areas of northern Australia from July next year, the federal government says.
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Family rescued from car stuck under fallen tree after storms hit south-east Queensland

ABC image 04:24 AEST A family of four was trapped for hours on the Sunshine Coast last night after a severe hail storm toppled a tree onto its car and brought down live powerlines.
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Wednesday May 12, 2021

Skies darken over Brisbane as hail storms sweep through southern Queensland

ABC image 10:46 AEST Several storms have swept through Queensland, bringing rain, hail and lightning to a vast area from the Gold Coast to as far north as the Central Highlands.
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Wonboyn oyster farmers fear major stock losses after third flood event this year

ABC image 05:28 AEST Caroline and Kel Henry had only just re-opened their oyster leases to harvest when they were forced to close again due to heavy rainfall.
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Storms hit southern Queensland bringing hail, spectacular lightning and heavy rain

ABC image 03:32 AEST Parts of southern Queensland have been pelted with hail overnight by fast-moving storms that brought up to 60 millimetres of rain in an hour.
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Crop sowing in Victoria a big gamble as Mallee farmers wait for rain

ABC image 02:25 AEST Many people would baulk at the idea of spending $300,000 in one hit, but that is exactly what some grain farmers in north-west Victoria are doing as they sow this season's crop.
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Tuesday May 11, 2021

Wild weather continues on the east coast, as SA farmers miss rain again

ABC image 14:07 AEST Wild weather is forecast along Australia's east coast, with forecasters tipping heavy rain in parts of Victoria and over the New South Wales border with Queensland.
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Fog shrouds Wide Bay Burnett ahead of thunderstorm and wintry blast

ABC image 04:07 AEST A thick blanket of fog has shrouded Queensland's Wide Bay Burnett region ahead of an expected wintry blast later this week.
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BOM says overnight storm in Brisbane, south-east Queensland 'a sign of things to come'

ABC image 01:00 AEST A quick moving storm swept through south-east Queensland overnight, generating a spectacular thunder-and-lightning show with some strikes causing damage to the electricity network.
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Monday May 10, 2021

Cyclone Seroja payment leaves more questions than answers for Kalbarri small business

ABC image 05:40 AEST Midwest residents and businesses impacted by Cyclone Seroja have been left with more questions than answers after the WA government announced a new financial support payment over the weekend.
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Storm activity to intensify along Queensland coast and hinterlands from tonight, BOM warns

05:03 AEST Damaging winds, golf ball-sized hail and heavy rainfall are predicted for Queensland's northern tropics on Monday evening, with south-east Queensland expecting similar conditions on Tuesday.
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The science behind Tasmanian thunderstorms explained

ABC image 03:42 AEST Tasmanians can experience a storm on a stinking hot day or in the depths of winter.
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Sunday May 9, 2021

Jenolan Caves set to reopen with limited capacity after fires, floods, pandemic and landslides

ABC image 20:23 AEST It has been a horror two years for the Jenolan Caves, but the popular New South Wales tourist attraction has fought back to reopen.
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Welcome back, Darling

ABC image 01:47 AEST Australia's third-longest river, the Darling, is full to the brim once more as floodwaters from March storms bring its first major flush after years of drought.  For some people the water means money in the bank; for others it represents a feed or a place to come together with family.
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Saturday May 8, 2021

Handy rain dampening a dry South Australia

16:37 AEST Parts of South Australia's south have received their first decent rain in months, a welcome dampener to a parched state despite it falling on a weekend.
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BlazeAid healing hearts and fixing fences for Cyclone Seroja-hit farmers

ABC image 09:49 AEST With a mission to repair hundreds of kilometres of fences and mend battered spirits, volunteer rural fencing organisation BlazeAid has established a base near Geraldton in Western Australia.  When Cyclone Seroja hit the Mid West region last month, many farms lost their fences to falling trees, accumulated debris, and wind.  BlazeAid WA coordinators Judy and Ed Bland have set up a camp at Yuna in the Shire of Chapman Valley, and have already organised volunteers to get to work restoring fences.  "When we saw the cyclone coming we knew that there was a really good possibility that our help would be needed here, particularly when we knew it was going to impact farming areas, which is our concern," Ms Bland said.
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Flood photos sought for historical record

ABC image 09:40 AEST As the clean-up continues from flooding on the NSW Mid North Coast an effort to preserve photos of the natural disaster for posterity is also underway.
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After the horrors of the Gippsland blazes, Victoria had a 'really good' bushfire season

ABC image 02:04 AEST Under the shadow of COVID-19, Victoria's latest fire season slipped by almost unnoticed.
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Thursday May 6, 2021

Kalbarri 'open for business' after Tropical Cyclone Seroja but residents are worried

ABC image 02:42 AEST Roadblocks into the cyclone-ravaged community of Kalbarri are due to be lifted from this evening, but some say it is too early and tourists should not be allowed back in for some weeks yet.
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Wednesday May 5, 2021

Widespread rain in WA brings half of Perth's monthly average in one night and delivers record rain for agricultural areas

05:52 AEST Widespread parts of Western Australia have endured a drenching overnight, with record-breaking rain totals recorded through some agricultural districts and more still to come.
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BOM forecasts rain and storms for Brisbane and southern Queensland, falling temperatures in the north

ABC image 04:20 AEST Rain is continuing to fall along the south-east Queensland coast from south of Fraser Island to the border, in the wake of late-night storms that brought heavy downpours to Boonah and Logan.
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Hawkesbury River community threatened by fires and floods works on emergency plan

04:20 AEST "Forgotten" residents living on the Hawkesbury River are often cut off physically and technologically when natural disasters strike, so they are working with organisations to improve their preparedness and resilience.  Within the past 18 months, Spencer and surrounding areas have been threatened by fire and twice affected by floods.
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After a near-record wet March in the south-east, we've just had a near-record dry April

ABC image 00:22 AEST New South Wales has just experienced one of its driest Aprils on record, after wading through its second-wettest March since records began in 1900, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.   The ending of the La Niña climate phase has combined with typically settled autumn weather to bring clear skies to the south-east over the past month.
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Tuesday May 4, 2021

Millions of bees killed from ongoing effects of New South Wales floods

ABC image 23:16 AEST Di McQueen-Richardson's bee farm at Coutts Crossing on the New South Wales Mid North Coast is still suffering from the ongoing impact of the once-in-a-century flood.
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Federal government to create new natural disaster agency after bushfire royal commission recommendation

ABC image 12:34 AEST More than half a billion dollars will be given to a new agency overseeing national responses to major natural disasters, to help communities recover and rebuild.
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Rural Aid volunteers help dairy farmers in wake of once-in-a-century flood

ABC image 02:03 AEST More than a month after the floods completely inundated her 200-hectare property at Oxley Island on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Debbie Polson is exhausted.
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Monday May 3, 2021

Victorian weather warning cancelled as risk of flash flooding and damaging winds eases

ABC image 22:31 AEST A severe weather warning associated with a cold front sweeping Victoria has been cancelled, as the risk of damaging wind and flash flooding has eased.
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Port Macquarie Ironman event to take place on Father's Day, despite council negotiations

ABC image 09:46 AEST The Ironman Australia event in Port Macquarie will go ahead on Father's Day this year after negotiations between the council and organisers failed to produce an alternative date.
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Sydney covered by thick fog, smoke from hazard reduction burns

02:40 AEST Sydney has been blanketed by fog this morning with drivers warned about poor visibility and ferry services cancelled.
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Sunday May 2, 2021

Butterfly boom takes flight in north Queensland under perfect weather conditions

23:29 AEST A kaleidoscope of colour has enveloped parts of north Queensland as the region revels in a butterfly boom.
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La Niña delivers best wet season in four years for Kimberley cattle stations and native wildlife

22:06 AEST As the northern wet season ends, pastoralists, tourism operators and ecologists are celebrating the best wet season across the Kimberley region in four years.
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Warmest start to May in decades about to give way

10:48 AEST Adelaide climbed to 29.0 degrees on Saturday, making it the equal warmest May day since 1921. Surrounding areas of South Australia and nearby Tasmania, including Hobart, Naracoorte and Neptune Island had their warmest May day since 2014 or earlier.
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Saturday May 1, 2021

Margaret River Pro surfing comp to benefit from trio of storms bringing strong swell

ABC image 02:41 AEST Three consecutive storm systems over the Southern Ocean are set to produce a powerful and large swell along WA's coast this weekend, in time for the start of the World Surf League's Margaret River Pro.
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Friday April 30, 2021

BOM forecasts wet, stormy Labour Day long weekend for much of Queensland

ABC image 08:21 AEST Large parts of Queensland are in for a wet weekend with streaming showers set to increase over the east coast and severe thunderstorms later today.
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Thursday April 29, 2021

Have you seen Bruce? Rubber duck released down the Barwon River goes missing

ABC image 23:49 AEST It started out as a joke and ended up with a bright yellow rubber duck being sent down the flooded Barwon River in northern New South Wales.
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This mayor wants to permanently change time, but his first mission is shortening daylight saving

ABC image 23:45 AEST One New South Wales mayor thinks "enough is enough" when it comes to daylight saving time.
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Schools to get help from permanent natural disaster 'Response and Recovery' team

ABC image 05:53 AEST Schools are often at the forefront of helping children cope with difficult events and they have had plenty to work through in recent years ? with almost back-to-back natural disasters of drought, bushfires and floods in some areas.
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Wednesday April 28, 2021

Lamprey numbers predict promising comeback for spooky blood-sucking fish

ABC image 23:29 AEST A jawless blood-sucking eel-like fish has surfaced in record numbers in the River Murray system, a new monitoring program has found.
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Hump day challenge: Can you rank Australia's capital cities from wettest to driest?

14:22 AEST OK weather fans, your challenge is as follows: List the Australian capital cities from wettest to driest in terms of their average annual rainfall.
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Tuesday April 27, 2021

Mid North Coast flood devastates Telegraph Point Public School, students relocated

ABC image 00:00 AEST The damage caused to the Mid North Coast's 145-year-old Telegraph Public School is a bitter blow to the community, but principal Duncan Adams says the "best story" is that no-one was hurt when it was flooded last month.
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Monday April 26, 2021

Bundaberg flood levee project hits a snag over federal funding

ABC image 06:03 AEST The federal government has thrown a spanner in the works for plans to build the Bundaberg East Flood Levee, warning that funding is limited.
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Dirranbandi lifts after rain, Cubbie Station eyes biggest cotton crop in years

ABC image 02:45 AEST After years of drought, the future is finally looking brighter for the small Queensland town of Dirranbandi.
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Western power warns farmers to stay clear of powerlines felled by Cyclone Seroja

ABC image 01:55 AEST Farmers in parts of West Australia's Mid West are struggling to seed paddocks strewn with powerlines felled by Cyclone Seroja.
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Writing a children's book gives central Queensland cattle producer hope and chance to follow dream

ABC image 00:20 AEST A rural bedtime story is providing hope and much-needed income for one family of central Queensland cattle producers, who have survived five years of drought.
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