UPDATE: CROC SIGHTINGS
One if the hazards of floodwaters in Queensland is the odd crocodile who makes his way into town. My favourite sighting was several years back when a man stepped off his back porch into knee-deep floodwater (because his dog was barking) only to come face to face with a very large and hungry-looking croc.
This years Mud Army needs also to take care as the crocs are restless and can be swimming in the waters where the crews are attempting clean up efforts. I hope they all have sturdy boots!
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Queensland is one of six states and two territories which comprise Australia, occupying the northeast corner (roughly similar to the U.S. from Georgia to New York).
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has a website full of information regarding Queensland weather, including analysis of recent weather patterns and future forecasts. Take a good look at the satellite overlay of rain patterns in this link – the entire outline represents the state of Queensland. The recent flooding occurred in Southeast Qld – where I live.
With that picture in mind, here is a weather map of SE Qld showing the city names and areas – along with current weather patterns.
And finally, a link to a Brisbane Times article with Brisbane flood maps and a video of the amazing rescue of a toddler and his mum stranded in the back of a ute (utility truck – or as we Yanks call it – a pick-up) in the midst of flood waters.
We had another big storm blow through last night – not enough to wake spouse, but enough to flood the laundry room for a second time!
Australia’s monsoon season normally begins in December and lasts through March – but it has been a much tamer event in the past. Changing weather is going to affect everyone, everywhere and those who continue to bury their heads in the sand and deny global warming are in for a rather rude awakening.
I’ve been visiting the Mud Army’s Facebook page and find it pretty interesting how they pull events together and have incorporated donations for food to help feed all the volunteers. The address again is: The Qld Mud Army
Mrs. Gunka – hope this was enough of an answer – Oz