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Wednesday August 4, 2021

Bussell Highway blues set to continue as wet weather causes delays to $85m road project

ABC image 03:06 AEST Main Roads says West Australia's wet winter has delayed more than a dozen road projects including a multi-million dollar upgrade to what's been described as WA "riskiest" country road.
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Tuesday August 3, 2021

How can Tasmania have four seasons in one day?

ABC image 03:54 AEST In 1992, the band Crowded House made "four seasons in one day" famous after Neil and Tim Finn decided Melbourne's weather was worth writing a song about.
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Fresh fish off the menu in West Australia's wild south coast winter

ABC image 02:59 AEST Restaurants and markets on the south coast of Western Australia are short on local seafood this winter as ongoing poor weather keeps commercial fishers onshore.
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Monday August 2, 2021

Dams and crops boosted across WA's south-west amid near-record July rainfall in Perth

ABC image 10:45 AEST Drenched soils of Perth and the south-west corner of the state are breathing life back into the landscape, with the region anticipated to be awash with colour this wildflower season.
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Sunday August 1, 2021

Wind gusts bring down trees, powerlines in Perth as front moves across south-west WA

ABC image 09:44 AEST Strong winds have brought down trees and damaged powerlines in Perth as another cold front crosses the south-west of WA.
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Hikers battle freezing conditions to glimpse Western Australian snow

ABC image 04:55 AEST A cold front has brought snow flurries to peaks in southern Western Australia, with hikers braving freezing conditions to witness the rare sight.
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Outback sees biggest budgie event in 10 years

01:32 AEST Thousands of brilliant budgerigars are flocking to the Australian outback thanks to perfect breeding conditions across the country.
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Saturday July 31, 2021

Maximum July temperature records broken across outback Queensland

ABC image 22:52 AEST Record July maximum temperatures have been rewritten across outback Queensland as the state basked in an unseasonal mid-winter spring day.
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Portland's roads melted during last month's heatwave. So what does this extreme weather event tell us about climate change?

22:51 AEST Ever imagined a city so hot that the road melts and parts of the transport system start to warp and twist? What about an unprecedented cold snap that froze power lines in the usually balmy state of Texas?  Or bushfire smoke travelling more than 4,000 kilometres from America's west coast to New York City, causing air pollution nine times the recommended level? And Germany recording roughly double the amount of rain expected for the entire month of July in just two days.
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Winter blast to return to the southeast

13:02 AEST A cold front may be impacting southeastern Australia today, but it's the next system that will bring the significantly cooler conditions.
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Friday July 30, 2021

Australia's cold, wet winter isn't threatening any records, Bureau of Meteorology says

ABC image 22:06 AEST It feels like it has been one icy blast of wet and wild conditions after another this winter, but is it really that cold and wet or have we just been spoiled by so many mild winters?   Bureau of Meteorology senior climatologist Blair Trewin was not quite so rude as to call us all "soft", but he did stress that this kind of weather is not particularly unusual.
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Landowners on Murray River fear repeat of major flooding if Hume Dam fills too early

ABC image 05:44 AEST Farmers along the Murray River are concerned over the high level of water already in the Hume Dam, fearing it could lead to a repeat of major flooding that occurred in 2016.
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SES 'alert but not alarmed' as Murrumbidgee River runs high

ABC image 04:36 AEST The SES says those living on Murrumbidgee floodplains should be "alert but not alarmed," with the river expected to run high for weeks.  Water continues to be released and spill from the Burrinjuck and Blowering Dams, with minor flooding possible at Narrandera and Darlington Point next week.
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Queensland to get an early taste of spring after heat records broken in WA, NT

ABC image 03:08 AEST Queensland will get an early taste of spring this weekend with temperatures in some parts of the sunshine state expected to soar more than 12 degrees above average.
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Thursday July 29, 2021

'Broke' Griffin Coal invokes force majeure, citing wet winter to suspend operations

ABC image 21:30 AEST A troubled Western Australian coal mine that supplies one of the state's largest power stations has invoked a so-called Act of God clause to suspend operations, blaming a wetter-than-usual winter.
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$104.5m Cyclone Seroja disaster recovery package ? biggest in WA history ? announced

ABC image 06:33 AEST The largest disaster recovery package in Western Australia's history has been announced for communities impacted by Cyclone Seroja.
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Wednesday July 28, 2021

Police hopeful of finding father missing in WA floodwaters

ABC image 06:58 AEST Police say they hold hope of finding a father of three missing in floodwaters in Western Australia's south as a major land and air search continues.
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Tuesday July 27, 2021

BOM NT predicts early onset of wet season build-up as July temperature records fall

ABC image 23:41 AEST People in the Top End are being warned to brace for an early return to sweatbox conditions, with predictions an early onset of the wet season will bring the cooler dry season temperatures to a premature end.
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Like Olympics Games, Tropical Storm Nepartak delayed but still heading for Japan

ABC image 17:32 AEST Tropical storm Nepartak is sitting off the east of Japan's largest island and is forecast to skirt along its east coast tonight before making landfall well north of Tokyo some time on Wednesday.
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Perth weather warning remains in place as heavy rain, destructive winds hammer WA's south-west

ABC image 13:31 AEST Authorities say at least three homes in Western Australia's south-west have lost their roofs, and thousands more are without power, following heavy rain and destructive winds that could result in Perth's wettest July in more than 60 years.
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Record rains, soggy paddocks bring out WA's best bogs

ABC image 05:48 AEST It's enough to spark a laugh and encourage comradery ? the sight of wheels sinking into wet muddy paddocks.
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Welfare agency warns of power bill hardship amid lockdowns, bitterly cold conditions

ABC image 02:43 AEST The Salvation Army has called for households struggling with large energy bills during lockdowns and the cold snap to seek help and not switch off their heaters.
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Adelaide on track for wetter-than-average July with more rain to come statewide

ABC image 01:19 AEST Monthly records have been thrown out and Adelaide is about to reach its average rainfall for this time of year as a dramatic turnaround from South Australia's dry autumn continues.
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Sandstorm engulfs north-west Chinese city of Dunhuang within minutes

ABC image 00:44 AEST It took just minutes for a heavy sandstorm to wreak havoc in the ancient Silk Road city of Dunhuang in north-western China.
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Monday July 26, 2021

Wild weather strikes Perth and south-west WA with twice-in-a-year storm front

ABC image 21:12 AEST People in Western Australia's south-west, including the Perth metropolitan area, have been warned about a cold front which has brought intense rain and dangerous winds.
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Fire crews to the rescue as snow and ice hit Tasmanian roads

ABC image 02:22 AEST They are trained to deal with fire, but at midnight on Sunday it was snow that Tasmania's Central Highland's volunteer firefighters found themselves battling through.
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Sunday July 25, 2021

Hailstorm turns main street into makeshift ski run, after mini tornadoes hit parts of Adelaide

13:59 AEST As parts of the Adelaide Hills were turned into icy thoroughfares by hailstorms on Saturday night, one resident made the most of the opportunity ? by skiing down the main street of his hometown.
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Record winds for South Australia

13:01 AEST Those in southern parts of South Australia will be able to testify to just how windy it has been recently, with vigorous fronts crossing the state bringing some gale force winds.
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Saturday July 24, 2021

Key cattle price indicator breaks $10 per kilo barrier, yet beef prices look set to 'explode' further

23:09 AEST Beef prices have "exploded", according to one butcher, as the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) breaks through the $10 per kilogram barrier, up a massive 150 per cent in just two years.
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Monsoon rains trigger landslides and floods in India's Maharashtra state, leaving at least 112 dead

11:42 AEST At least 112 people have been killed in the western Indian state of Maharashtra by torrential monsoon rains that have caused landslides and flooded low-lying areas, cutting off hundreds of villages.
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Dams are near capacity across New South Wales, with authorities monitoring flood risks and rain forecast

ABC image 08:16 AEST After three years of desperately low dam levels and zero water allocations for many irrigators, many of the state's dams are close to overflowing, with more rain on the way.
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German reporter suspended after footage showed her smearing mud on herself while reporting on floods

ABC image 01:31 AEST A German TV reporter has been suspended after video footage showed her smearing mud on herself while reporting on devastating floods in the country.  German TV station RTL suspended presenter Susanna Ohlen after the footage surfaced online.
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Friday July 23, 2021

Hold on to your beanies, another big burst of winter is on the way

ABC image 04:21 AEST South-eastern Australia has had a freezing couple of days and it is not over yet with more wintry weather on the way this weekend.
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Thursday July 22, 2021

COVID blocks Need for Feed hay drop as Mid North Coast recovers from floods

ABC image 03:20 AEST COVID restrictions have ruined a fodder charity's plans to return with 30 loads of hay this weekend to help Mid North Coast farmers hit by the March floods.  The Need for Feed group had already delivered 250 semi-trailer loads of hay, but it has since received 70 calls for assistance from farmers still in desperate need.
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South-east Queensland, New South Wales wake to coldest morning in years

ABC image 01:07 AEST Parts of Queensland have woken to their chilliest morning in almost two decades while the nation's southern states are shivering through a cold snap.  Toowoomba on Queensland's Darling Downs has recorded its coldest July morning in 17 years, with the lowest temperature in the state, -4.4 degrees, recorded in the nearby town of Oakey.
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Wednesday July 21, 2021

No scientific consensus yet on whether warming Arctic may lead to more extreme weather

ABC image 22:13 AEST In the past month alone, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands have suffered horrific flooding, Siberia caught fire, and the Arctic Sea suffered near-record melting.  Meanwhile, in North America, after record-high temperatures, formerly rare fire thunderstorms have become near-daily events.
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Perfect snow conditions ruined by lockdown, alpine businesses fear the worst

ABC image 06:53 AEST Victoria's alpine resorts are being described as "postcard material" thanks to the snow blanketing region, but with state in lockdown no-one is around to enjoy it.
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Queenslanders rug up as southern interior shivers through sub-zero conditions

ABC image 05:51 AEST Temperatures have dropped in southern parts of Queensland, with predictions cold-weather records could tumble this week.
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Winter downpour bolstering dairy confidence across South Australia's Limestone Coast

ABC image 05:21 AEST Limestone Coast farmers have welcomed drenching rains that came late but "with a vengeance".
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BOM declares negative Indian Ocean Dipole, tipping the odds towards more wet weather

ABC image 02:25 AEST The climate phenomenon that brought Australia one of its wettest winters has been officially declared for this year.
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Tuesday July 20, 2021

Perth records wettest July in 20 years, with more rain to come

ABC image 09:29 AEST It's taken Perth just 20 days to record its wettest July in two decades, and rain expected this week could put the month among the wettest ever recorded.
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Sunday July 18, 2021

Wamberal Beach erosion solutions progressing but homeowners still vulnerable one year on

ABC image 22:28 AEST It's been a year since a severe storm lashed the New South Wales Central Coast and left houses teetering over eroding sand.
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US and Canada heatwave hammers crops, forcing up global grain prices

00:02 AEST A heatwave across the United States and Canada is having a devastating effect on crops and pushing grain stocks low.
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Saturday July 17, 2021

Thousands of lightning strikes and winds over 100km/h: A week in South Australia

14:01 AEST It's been a wild few days for South Australia as a complex low with multiple troughs and a powerful cold front slowly made its way east from Tuesday.
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Friday July 16, 2021

Moon wobble to exacerbate climate change flooding effects in next lunar cycle, NASA warns

ABC image 08:27 AEST Throughout history, the Moon has copped more than its fair share of the blame for everything from outbreaks of erratic behaviour to fluctuations in libido.
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Ski resorts welcome weekend snow dump, but cruel timing with COVID lockdowns

ABC image 02:39 AEST A season-saving dump of snow is forecast to hit alpine areas in Victoria and New South Wales this weekend as a series of cold fronts are predicted to drop almost a metre of snow on alpine resorts.  In cruel timing on the eve of the blizzard Victorian ski resorts were forced to close for the five-day snap statewide lockdown.
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Thursday July 15, 2021

Flooding in Germany and Belgium leaves more than 60 dead as streets become raging torrents

22:08 AEST More than 60 people have died and dozens are missing after severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned streams and streets into raging torrents of water that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse.
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Rain gutters trap leaves, can cause water damage, and are a fire risk, so are they worth it?

ABC image 03:40 AEST As Perth and south-west WA face a series of storm fronts that have brought heavy rain and flash flooding, some homeowners are rethinking the best way to keep the house dry.
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The Southern Annular Mode and the Indian Ocean Dipole help fill Queensland's dams during an unusually wet winter

ABC image 02:32 AEST Most people should be familiar with the boom-and-bust major climate patterns of El Niño and La Niña, but while they are now in a neutral state lesser-known climate drivers are taking the credit.
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Bussell Highway blues set to continue as wet weather causes delays to $85m road project

ABC image 03:06 AEST Main Roads says West Australia's wet winter has delayed more than a dozen road projects including a multi-million dollar upgrade to what's been described as WA "riskiest" country road.

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