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  • Cyclone Veronica

    Cyclone Veronica flooding hits pastoralists in Pilbara as land stricken by drought is inundated (Michelle Stanley and Benjamin Gubana, ABC North West WA, 27 March 2019) Michael Thompson had become used to seeing his cattle struggle through drought. But seeing his animals drown in the aftermath of the strongest cyclone to hit WA in years has tested […]
  • Qld summer crops

    Queensland crops wither in drought as dams dry out (Amy McCosker and Lydia Burton, Qld Country Hr, 12 March 2019) Queensland farmers are nervously watching the skies as summer crops fail and winter crops look increasingly less likely to be planted.
  • State of the drought

    State of the drought shows dams empty and NSW drowning in dust (Kate Doyle, ABC Weather, 12 March 2019) The hot dry summer has stripped the soils of moisture, water storages are down in every state and territory, and New South Wales is drowning in dust.
  • Missing wet season

    Wet season missing in action for Northern Territory, as Barkly cattle country bakes and waters run dry (Matt Brann, ABC Rural, 1 March 2019) “It’s starting to look catastrophic.” That is how one cattle industry source has described the famous Barkly Tablelands in the Northern Territory.
  • Channel Country

    Drought-hit Channel Country cattle producers welcome floodwater from weather system that devastated neighbours (Steven Schubert and Ben Deacon, ABC, 23 February 2019) The far south-west Queensland town of Birdsville, near the South Australia and Northern Territory borders, hasn’t had any rain at all, but is now in the middle of a one-in-40-year flood.
  • Rain in Qld west

    From drought to flooding rains as farmers celebrate drenching in Queensland’s west (Kelly Butterworth and Zara Margolis, ABC Western Qld, 4 February 2019) Farmers are rejoicing in parts of western Queensland after going from dusty paddocks to flooding rains. While the drought is far from broken and plenty of graziers are yet to receive falls, for the […]
  • New Drought Map

    New Drought Map taps into disaster (PS news, February 4 2019) A map detailing Australia’s drought disaster  has been developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and its innovation arm, Data 61, at the request of the Joint Agency Drought Taskforce.
  • Cyclone Owen

    Cyclonic wind and rain to bypass drought areas (Jo Glover, Thomas Morgan, Tracey Ferrier, Michael Wray, The Courier-Mail, December 13, 2018) It comes as Tropical Cyclone Owen has started tracking east toward the state. Some far northern residents have already been issued emergency alerts and moved to more solid properties, with the entire Queensland coast warned of […]
  • WA forgotten

    WA’s ‘forgotten’ farmers face their toughest season amid fire, frost and record dry (Jon Daly, Tara de Landgrafft, ABC, 30 November 2018) Farmers on WA’s south coast are experiencing some of the driest times on record and fear they will run out of water if it doesn’t rain soon. For about 200 farmers on the coastal […]
  • WA moonscape

    ‘It’s a moonscape’: WA farmers battle freak drought in the South West (Jane Marwick & Nathan Hondros, WA Today, 29 November 2018) Farmers south of Jerramungup — about five hours drive from Perth — say their properties have been turned into dust bowls and moonscapes by a freak drought that has devastated their community.
  • Vic Dry

    Hopes fade of drought-breaking rains in summer as state dries up (Simone Fox Koob & Melissa Cunningham, The Age, 26 October 2018) The severe drought that is crippling NSW is drifting south with a third of Victoria in the midst of one of its driest periods on record and little rain on the horizon. Drought has […]
  • BOM Outlook

    BOM outlook: Low chance of drought recovery for eastern Australia in coming months (Kate Doyle, ABC, 25 October 2018) According to the latest outlook there is a low chance of recovery for drought affected areas in the coming months, and the financial ramifications are expected to take some time to play out.  
  • Welcome rains

    ‘Bought us time’: Welcome rains but ‘green drought’ far from broken (Peter Hannam, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 October 2018) Much-needed rains will sweep across NSW this weekend but farmers warn that significant falls are still needed before the “green drought” can be declared over.
  • NSW rain

    Wet weekend boosts drought-stricken region (Nadine Morton, Western Magazine, 22 October 2018) A SOGGY weekend in some parts of the region has seen monthly rainfall totals exceeded for some locations.
  • Vic still dry

    Farmers demand more action as Melbourne rain fails to reach drought ravaged parts of the state (Tom Minear, 9news, 21 October 2018) WHILE Melbourne received rain at the weekend, the state’s northwest and east stayed dry.
  • 98% still in drought

    NSW drought conditions improve but 98pc still in category (The Northern Daily Leader, 15 October 2018) WELCOME rainfall in recent weeks has done little to change the conditions in most of NSW, with just 2 per cent moving out of drought. The latest NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) seasonal update for September shows 98 per […]
  • Rain in SE Qld

    Deluge continues across south-east Queensland as drought-stricken farmers hope for more (9 News, 15 October 2018) The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) joked on Twitter that the seven-day rainfall totals for parts of the state’s south-east were “starting to resemble cricket scores”.  
  • How much rain to end?

    Australia drought: How much rain would end ‘the big dry’? (Frances Mao, BBC News, 12 October 2018) First, it depends on how you define drought.
  • Qld Tornado

    Tornado rips through drought-stricken Queensland areas (Isobel Roe, ABC: The World Today, 12 October 2018) Queensland farmers from drought stricken areas are now facing another problem. Fruit growers and dairy farmers have been caught up in a rare, violent tornado that swept the South Burnett region north of the Darling Downs, dropping tennis ball-sized hailstones […]
  • El Nino Alert

    Australia moves to El Niño alert and the drought is likely to continue (Dean Lewins, The Conversation, 10 October 2018) This means that model outlooks and observations indicate there is approximately a 70% chance that El Niño will develop in the coming months. Current patterns in the Pacific are similar to the early stages of past […]
  • Rain predicted

    Rainfall, thunderstorms predicted in Central West | Weather radar (Nadine Morton, Forbes Advocate, 10 October 2018) A SOGGY Wednesday is predicted across the region with some locations set to receive as much as 20 millimetres of rain.
  • Heavy toll on yield

    Southern crop yields fall with drought and frosts (Lloyd George, Queensland Country Life, 8 October 2018) Expanding drought and severe frosts are now taking a heavy toll on crops through south eastern Australia. Northern grain buyers were hoping for some good crops in the southern cropping zones to make up for another poor season in […]
  • Still in drought after rain?

    Are we still in drought after yesterday’s rain? (Hamish Broome, Northern Star, 7 October 2018) Two months on, the situation for the Northern Rivers has moderated slightly, with coastal areas either out of drought or in drought recovery, while inland areas west of Lismore remain drought affected.
  • Dubbo rain

    Dubbo scores 62.8mm of rain on Wednesday and Thursday (Kim Bartley, Daily Liberal News, 5 October 2018) The uplifting 62.8 millimetres (mm) of rain that fell on Dubbo roofs on Wednesday and Thursday has significantly boosted total precipitation in the city this year.
  • Qld: No spring relief

    No spring drought relief predicted for Queensland (Lucy Stone, Brisbane Times, 30 August 2018) Drought-stricken Queensland has little hope of respite from the ongoing dry, according to the weather bureau’s spring outlook. After one of the warmest winters on record nationally, south-east Queensland is facing another three months of warm, dry weather.
  • El Nino threat drop

    El Niño threat drops but IOD now positive (Gregor Heard, Farm Online, 26 September 2018) THERE was good news and bad news for farmers desperate for rain in the latest Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) report. On the positive front climatic models used by the BOM suggested a lower chance of […]
  • 12% cut grain production

    Drought bites in the east as ABARES forecasts 12pc cut to grain production (Clint Jasper, ABC Rural, 11 September 2018) A rough winter for grain growers on the east coast has led the Australian government commodity forecaster, ABARES, to predict a 12 per cent drop in winter grain production from last year’s total.
  • Rainfall in NSW

    NSW still in drought despite heavy rainfall (SBS News, 9 September 2018) There has been significant rainfall in parts of NSW but it hasn’t been enough to give drought-stricken farmers a major break from the dry conditions.
  • NSW Update

    NSW State Seasonal Update – August 2018 (NSW Government Department of Primary Industries) Drought conditions continue to be experienced across NSW with close to 100%* of the state in one of the three drought categories.  
  • Missed out

    Rain misses most of drought-stricken NSW (The Chronicle, 5 September 2018) SOME of NSW’s hardest-hit drought regions have missed out on some much needed wet weather after Sydney and coastal areas copped a burst of rain.
  • Worse than millennium drought

    Dry conditions in parts of southeast Australia worse than millennium drought (James Wagstaff, The Weekly Times, 5 September 2018) An analysis by The Weekly Times show some regions, ­including the Mallee and NSW Riverina, recorded a drier first eight months of the year than during the devastating drought years of 2006 and 2007.
  • Grim Spring Outlook

    Dry times to continue as BOM releases grim spring outlook (Kate Doyle, ABC Weather, 30 August 2018) The climate drivers are looking like they are just going to make things worse this spring.
  • No sign of easing

    Drought shows no sign of easing, say forecasters (9 News, 30 August 2018) The drought crippling eastern Australia shows no sign of ending anytime soon with warmer than average spring conditions ahead. Farmers hoping for some relief from the drought are set to be disappointed with forecast models favouring a dry spring.
  • Spring intensification

    Drought set to intensify into spring: BOM (Belinda Tasker,, 30 August 2018) Drought conditions across eastern Australia are likely to intensify, with a drier and warmer-than-average Spring being forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology.
  • 15% of SA

    Up to 15 per cent of South Australia is in drought. SBS News spoke to farmers about how they are coping. (Rhiannon Elston, SBS, 29 August 2018) At Paul Bammonn’s Eyre Peninsula farm, dry conditions are taking a toll.
  • N. NSW rain

    Drought continues for NSW farmers despite welcome rain drenching parts of state (Nick Sas and Lauren Pezet, ABC News, 27 August 2018) The town of Yamba on New South Wales’ north coast has been the biggest beneficiary of the rain that swept through much of the state over the weekend, with areas around the Coff […]
  • NSW, Qld Rain

    Rain falls for NSW, Queensland but no sign of the end of the drought (ABC News, 25 August 2018) It may not have ended the drought that has crippled much of the nation, but some of our farmers are feeling something they haven’t touched for a long time — rain. When rain came to Dubbo […]
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