Queensland Flood Waters

During the first quarter of 2010, Queensland received significant rainfall from the remnants of tropical cyclone Olga in January, a monsoon low in late February and early March and a number of offshore storm cells.

On 1 March, falls of more than 150mm were recorded in parts of far western Queensland, with Bedourie and Birdsville receiving a full year of average rainfall. As at 4 March, Birdsville had received 375mm for the year, which was more than double its annual average. Similar heavy falls were experienced further east during the first few days of March, particularly in the Warrego and Maranoa districts. The satellite image below shows extensive floods in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales on 14 March 2010, with the water spreading across the landscape as it moves down the river systems of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Queensland flood waters captured in a TERRA satellite image on 14 March 2010.

Queensland flood waters captured in a
TERRA satellite image on 14 March 2010
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