A Brazilian tropical disturbance to watch

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:15 PM GMT on March 05, 2010

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An area of disturbed weather has formed off the coast of Brazil, near 18S 38W. This disturbance has the potential to develop into subtropical or tropical depression early next week. Satellite winds estimates from the WindSat instrument show an elongated area of converging winds, but no organized surface circulation. Satellite loops show little organization to the cloud pattern, and only limited heavy thunderstorm activity. Wind shear over the region is about 20 knots, which is rather high, and should keep any development slow. Sea surface temperatures are about 28°C, about 1°C above average, and plenty warm enough to support a tropical storm.


Figure 1. Morning visible satellite image of the Brazilian disturbance.

Several global models, such as the ECMWF, UKMET, and NOGAPS models have been developing this system in recent runs. Phase space diagrams form Florida State University confirm that this storm is expected to primarily be a warm-cored system, meaning it will probably be classifiable as a subtropical or tropical storm if it attains surface wind speeds of at least 39 mph. The system is capable of bringing heavy rains to the Brazilian coast while it is in its formative stages over the next few days, but I doubt that these rains would be heavy enough to cause flooding concerns. By Monday, the storm should be headed southwards or south-eastwards out to sea, and it appears unlikely that Brazil would see tropical storm-force winds of 39+ mph from this system. I give this storm a low (< 30% chance) of developing into a tropical or subtropical depression by Sunday.


Figure 2. The MODIS instrument on-board NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of a rare tropical cyclone in the South Atlantic ocean just off the coast of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil's southernmost states. The National Hurricane Center in Miami estimated the storm was a full-fledged, Category I hurricane with central winds between 75 mph and 80 mph (121 kph to 129 kph), making it the first hurricane in the South Atlantic in recorded history.

Comparisons to Cyclone Catarina
Brazil has had only one landfalling tropical cyclone in its history, Cyclone Catarina of March 2004. Catarina is one of only six known tropical or subtropical cyclones to form in the South Atlantic, and the only one to reach hurricane strength. Tropical cyclones rarely form in the South Atlantic Ocean, due to strong upper-level wind shear, cool water temperatures, and the lack of an initial disturbance to get things spinning (no African waves or Intertropical Convergence Zone exist in the proper locations in the South Atlantic to help spawn tropical storms). Today's disturbance is located much closer to the Equator than where Catarina formed. Thus, it has warmer waters to work with, and potentially less wind shear.

I'll probably do a quick update this weekend.
Jeff Masters

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209. CycloneOz
10:59 PM GMT on March 11, 2010
What's up with the blog?
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208. wunderkidcayman
2:21 AM GMT on March 07, 2010
SL STANDS FOR SOUTH ATLANTIC
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207. wunderkidcayman
2:15 AM GMT on March 07, 2010
I don't know if anybody seen this

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206. Skyepony (Mod)
3:22 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
Keeper~ I was amazed how quick they got the one off Kennedy Space Center fixed, like a week or so.
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205. seflagamma
3:20 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
Dr Masters put up a new blog thread.
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204. Skyepony (Mod)
3:16 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
This is so unusual.. A winter with hardly no polar vortex..

The daily geopotential height anomalies at 17 pressure levels are shown for the previous 120 days as indicated, and they are normalized by standard deviation using 1979-2000 base period. The anomalies are calculated by subtracting 1979-2000 daily climatology, and then averaged over the polar cap poleward of 65N.

The blue (red) colors represent a strong (weak) polar vortex. The black solid lines show the zero anomalies.
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203. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:12 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
just messin around with this html code there is lots ya can do
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202. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:07 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
Quoting Skyepony:
Morning Keeper..

This poor, poor buoy.



Rescue is near for the 18,000 pound buoy blown ashore on Carolina Beach more than a month ago.


somebody better not be wating on info from that one
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201. Skyepony (Mod)
3:00 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
Morning Keeper..

This poor, poor buoy.



Rescue is near for the 18,000 pound buoy blown ashore on Carolina Beach more than a month ago.
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200. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
2:47 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
hello anyone here this morning
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199. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
2:28 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
:)
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198. wunderkidcayman
2:24 PM GMT on March 06, 2010


SOME TIMES i WISH THAT IT WOULD BE A STRONDER WARM CORE
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197. nrtiwlnvragn
2:06 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
Interesting item up for discussion at next weeks WMO Region IV Hurricane Conference:


Item 4 RSMC Miami
Title: Replace backup Tropical Cyclone “Greek Alphabet” Name List with Secondary Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Name List

DISCUSSION: Since 1953, RSMC Miami has utilized a naming protocol for Atlantic tropical cyclones that use commonly known, short, distinctive names understood by the general public and media. The name lists, which have been agreed upon at international meetings of the WMO, have a French, Spanish, Dutch and English due to the geographical coverage of the storms throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean.

If a name is retired, it can be easily replaced with another common name that is understood and well known throughout the tropical basin.

However, if the primary name list is exhausted, as it was in 2005, NHC ceases the simple and well understood naming protocol and resorts to use of the less understood and inconsistent Greek Alphabet as the backup list. Feedback received from the general public, media and EM community about the practice of using the Greek Alphabet for naming tropical cyclones was generally unfavorable with comments such as “ludicrous,” “idiotic” to “ridiculous.”

The use of the Greek Alphabet as a backup list to the primary list of Atlantic tropical cyclone names has several disadvantages:

● Generally unknown and confusing to the public.
● Inconsistent with the standard naming convention used for tropical cyclones.
● If a Greek letter has to be retired, it cannot be replaced.
● Defeats the purpose of using commonly known, short distinctive names understood by
the public and media (ex: The Greek Alphabet jumps from a “B” storm to a “G” storm
then back to a “D” storm. If you expect an “F” storm instead you will jump to “Z”).



RECOMMENDATION: A logical solution to this dilemma is to develop a secondary name list, utilizing conventions of the primary name list, that could be placed into service if the primary Atlantic Cyclone name list is exhausted. Named storms from the secondary or alternate list that require retirement could easily be replenished based on recommendations from the WMO.

ACTION: NHC did not accepted but will bring forward to IHC and WMO RA-IV meeting.
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196. Bordonaro
1:50 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
Quoting cg2916:
Hey people! Is anyone else on? Is this supposed to be a South Atlantic or a North Atlantic thing?


South Atlantic, off the East coast of Brazil, near 18N latitude. On the satellite picture, it really doesn't look like very much at the moment!
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195. cg2916
1:38 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
Hey people! Is anyone else on? Is this supposed to be a South Atlantic or a North Atlantic thing?
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194. nrtiwlnvragn
1:33 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
Notes from the latest NCEP Synergy Meeting:

Hurricane Runs
A fifth computer slot has been allotted for HWRF/GFDL runs.

GFS
RFCs are in place for the next major GFS implementation. This implementation is planned for May 2010 and includes:

-improvements to the shallow and deep convection parameterizations.
-increase in resolution (to T574 64L or ~27 km grid spacing).
-replacement of shortwave radiation from NASA based version with random cloud overlap to AER based RRTM with maximum/random cloud overlap.
-inclusion of vertical advection of moisture, ozone and cloud condensate based on positive definite advection scheme.
-changes are also made to boundary layer scheme and gravity wave drag.
-3 hourly data will extend to F192
-High resolution data will extend from F180 to F192.
-Maximum wind gusts variable added.

Testing shows a dramatic reduction in grid point storms (colloquially known as “precip bombs” or “grid-scale feedback”), which have plagued the GFS. Tropical cyclone tracks and intensity have also shown improvement.
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193. Sergej7
12:40 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
...history, the temperature in the United States on Jan. 9, 2010 at 8 am (2 maps)
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192. severstorm
12:40 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
Morning Aussie, I heard awhile back you were saying how dry it was.careful what you wish for. great pics.
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191. severstorm
12:37 PM GMT on March 06, 2010

this is crazy yesterdays low was 27.3 and today was 28.2.wheres all the warm air w c fl.
Ike send me one of those lakes. lol
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190. Sergej7
12:23 PM GMT on March 06, 2010
The temperature in the U.S. and Florida, March 6, 2010 at 6 am (3 maps)
Link

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189. msgambler
11:44 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Good evening Aussie. Good example of recycling.lol
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188. CaicosRetiredSailor
10:21 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
186 Aussie...
last photo


one of my standard lines is:
"The only place ice belongs, is in your drink!"

...I guess I could amend that to say "...in your drink, or chilling yer beer!"

Good on ya AussieStorm,
a fine example of what to do when ice falls from the sky.

CRS
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187. drg0dOwnCountry
8:19 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Perth records longest heatwave since 1999
Perth's scorching summer is continuing to rewrite the record books, with the city today posting its longest heatwave in 10 years.

The official temperature in Perth topped 35C shortly after 11am, taking the number of consecutive days in which the maximum has reached at least 35C to seven.

It is the longest run of 35C-plus days since a heatwave struck the city between December 31, 1999 and January 6, 2000.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, a heatwave in Perth is defined as three consecutive days of maximum temperatures of 35C or higher.

Since February 24, Perth has recorded maximum temperatures of 38.7C, 41.5C, 37.6C, 37.9C, 36.4C, 39.1C and 35.3C.

The heatwave coincides with a near-record dry start to the calendar year, during which only 0.2mm of rain has fallen in the official gauge at Mt Lawley on one day.
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/6875641/perth-records-longest-heatwave-since-1999/

Odd weather in australia ...
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186. AussieStorm
7:31 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Hailstorm blankets Melbourne like snow

HAIL has blanketed Melbourne like snow as a severe thunderstorm ripped through the city, forcing the cancellation of horse racing and sporting events.

Nineteen millimetres(0.74") of rain bucketed down over the city in less than 18 minutes this afternoon, the weather bureau said.

The huge storm cell, which hit about 2.40pm (AEDT), resulted in a total of 26 millimetres(1.02") of rain in Melbourne in less an hour, bringing emergency services to a grinding halt as reports of flooding came in from across the city.

"It was a very dangerous thunderstorm," said the bureau's senior forecaster Richard Carlyon.

"We don't often see storm cells like that."

Hail pummelled city streets and brought traffic to a standstill, with some residents reporting hail stones as big as 5cm/2 inches.

The storm forced the cancellation of the NAB Cup footy game between Brisbane and Geelong.

Flemington's Super Saturday races were also postponed as rain poured down the stairs at the grandstand like a waterfall.

"It was very dark and all of a sudden it was like a hurricane or a howling wind came through," said Josh Bell, who was in the member's grandstand when the storm hit.

"Marble sized hail stones came down for about 10 minutes.

"The track was covered in hail. It was all white. It looked like it had snowed."

The rain continued for about 30 minutes, overpowering the sewerage system and forcing the water down the grandstand's public stairs.

"One of our concerns is there's another one (storm) on the way and at the moment the track's just not up to safe racing," Racing Victoria's chief steward Terry Bailey told Channel 7 after the race was rescheduled to next weekend.

The weather bureau is forecasting further storms to strike the city in the coming hours.

The State Emergency Service has been swamped with calls, primarily from the city's western suburbs.


These pics are all from Melbourne CBD.
















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185. AwakeInMaryland
7:21 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Levi -- Look what you did while hunkering down during a blizzard... New color and visual effects! :)
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184. Levi32
6:41 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT
... Blizzard Warning remains in effect until 5 am akst Saturday for
south of Ninilchik...

A Blizzard Warning remains in effect until 5 am akst Saturday.

A strong low will move up Cook Inlet tonight. Cold air on the backside of
this low will produce strong westerly winds along with moderate
snow showers south of Ninilchik. The resultant snow and blowing
snow will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times
beginning this evening. Conditions will slowly improve Saturday
morning.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to white-out
conditions... making travel extremely dangerous. All travel and
outdoor activity is strongly discouraged.
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183. xcool
6:13 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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182. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
6:05 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
:)
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181. AussieStorm
5:08 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Victoria Regional Office
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - MELBOURNE AREA
for DAMAGING WIND, FLASH FLOODING and LARGE HAILSTONES

For people in the Inner, South East, Eastern, Northern, Outer East and parts of the Western, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip and Western Port Local Warning Areas.

Issued at 3:34 pm Saturday, 6 March 2010.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:35 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Dandenong, Glen Waverley, Pakenham and Ringwood. These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect South Pakenham, the area east of Mt Dandenong, the area east of Pakenham and the area northeast of Pakenham by 4:05 pm.

Other severe thunderstorms were located near Hurstbridge, the area north of Mt Macedon, the area northeast of Gisborne and the area west of Kilmore. They are forecast to affect Lilydale, Yarra Glen, the area east of Sunbury and the area west of Whittlesea by 4:05 pm and Craigieburn, Greensborough, Preston and Whittlesea by 4:35 pm.

Damaging winds, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

Reports of hail between 2cm and 5cm have reported from these thunderstorms in several suburbs including North Melbourne, Ascot Vale, Heathmont and Melton. Hail as big as 10cm has recently been reported in Ferntree Gully.
Wind gusts to around 100 km/hr have been recorded at Melbourne Airport.
Significant rainfall totals have been recorded in 15 to 30 minutes periods, including;
46mm at Maribyrnong
43mm at Rockbank,
40mm at Melton
33mm at Deer Park
32mm at Keilor

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* secure any loose objects in the vicinity of your home.
* keep away from creeks and drains.
* do not drive vehicles through flooded areas.
* stay indoors if possible.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* if you are outside, avoid sheltering under trees
* listen to the radio for storm updates
* switch off your computer and electrical appliances

The next warning is due to be issued by 4:35 pm.



Melbourne RADAR
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180. Tazmanian
5:07 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
if this is right still a long long long way a way but i have been noteding for the past few mode runs that may be this may be the snow season is ending for the USA and the rainy season is on its way all so it looks like vary warm air

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179. AussieStorm
5:04 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Monsoon wavering

The tropics are sitting high and mainly dry, as another dry patch looms, soon after long break in February.

During February, the monsoon weakened and left the Top End and the rest of the tropics sitting with an average 20-30% deficit from the monthly mean. However, some places, including Darwin, did manage to creep above average (436mm) as the monsoon rallied at the end of the month.

As is typical, the wet season has seen its ups and downs as fluctuations in the monsoon have ebbed and flowed. Although, with only a month or two left, this one is looking on the drier side of the norm.

Of particular note is the thankful lack of cyclones, helped in part by the large break in the monsoon during February (2006 - the last cyclone-free February). There have also been links with lower cyclone activity and this summer's El Nino event.

Over the next few days the monsoon is showing more signs of weakness. The Inter Tropical Conversion Zone (monsoonal trough) has moved north and storm and shower activity over our tropics will become limited during the weekend.

With a couple of months left of the wet season though, there is still plenty of time for the heavens to make amends.

- Weatherzone
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178. AussieStorm
5:03 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Massive hailstones pound Melbourne
Saturday March 6, 2010 - 15:34 EDT

Severe thunderstorms have hit Melbourne as parts of Victoria are lashed by strong winds and large hail stones.

Hailstones the size of golf balls have hit the suburb of Melton, in Melbourne's west, as a line of storms moved through western Victoria.

Winds of more 100 kilometres an hour have been recorded at Melbourne Airport while nearly 40 millimetres of rain fell at Rockbank, west of Melbourne.

A warning has been issued for flash flooding.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the storms will continue through to the evening and heavy rain is likely.

- ABC
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177. AussieStorm
5:02 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
St George, QLD braces for flood peak

Emergency crews remain on standby at St George ahead of tonight's expected flood peak in the southern inland Queensland town.

Authorities estimate 1,600 St George residents could be affected by the flood-swollen Balonne River, with about 300 of them maybe spending tonight at an evacuation centre.

Crews are working to minimise further damage from the rising floodwaters in the town.

Council workers are trying to create a temporary levee by blocking streets near irrigation channels to prevent a second flood front on the southern side of town.

The Balonne River has risen 15 centimetres in the last six hours but authorities are still expecting a peak of 14 metres sometime tonight.

The river was just over 13.1 metres at noon AEST, surpassing the town's previous flood record set in 1890.

Extra State Emergency Service (SES) crews have headed to southern and south-west Queensland to help with the flood relief effort.

Residents have been warned about the possibility of record flooding that could have an impact on up to 80 per cent of St George.

Drains are being sandbagged to prevent water coming up through storm water pipes.

Water has entered several homes along the riverbank and several streets are flooded.

Power supplies are progressively being turned off in parts of the town that are flooded.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says the Federal Government has extended financial assistance to more flood-affected residents and says the Government will do whatever is necessary to help those affected.

"All Australians are with the good people of south-west Queensland as they tackle these extraordinary floods," he said.

"I'll be speaking to local mayors again today to see what if any assistance further can be provided.

"As with all these sorts of natural disasters and floods, the Australian Army stands ready to assist."

There have been plenty of curious onlookers this morning eager to see what parts of St George are under water.

In the 1990 floods, the river reached the handrails of the the town's Jack Taylor weir.

This morning it was well over the crossing and more streets were inundated.

The town's nursing home was evacuated yesterday and today the building was isolated by floodwaters.

Forty people stayed at the relief centre at the showgrounds overnight and the council is asking for volunteers to fill sandbags.

Members of the public wanting to check on victims of the St George floods can ring 1800 100 188.

Upstream, an unprecedented 320,000 megalitres a day is being released to try to ease the pressure on the nearby Beardmore Dam.

That is expected to push the Balonne River to a record peak of 14 metres tonight.

Weather bureau spokesman Geoff Doueal says there will not be a rapid surge of water when the flood peak moves down the Balonne River towards St George tonight.

"It's not a big rush of water - it just gradually rises and floats, but being a flat peak also means it takes a long time for the water to go away," he said.

"They were talking about some of these rivers in Queensland are still going to be in flood for the week coming and perhaps the week after as well."

The Balonne Council is urging residents to drive cautiously through flooded streets to try to limit the water damage to homes.

Balonne Mayor Donna Stewart says they have a battle plan.

"There is also indications it will come back round from the back of the town," she said.

"Ironically most of the homes that are sitting along the frontage of the river will be high and dry."

Most shops did not open today but hardware store manger Helen Wippel says people are still keen to get emergency supplies.

"A lot of supplies of torches, torch batteries, kerosene, lamps, a lot of people wanted swags," she said.

Meanwhile outside Charleville in the south-west, the Warrego River is continuing to fall but the floodwaters are moving downstream towards Cunnamulla and are expected to reach 10 metres early next week, slightly higher than the 2008 flood.

Authorities will carry out food drops today to several regional centres, including Charleville, Quilpie and Cunnamulla.

Floodwaters at nearby Bollon should be starting to ease, but Dirranbandi residents can expect major flooding early next week.

Supplies are running low in the south-west border town of Hungerford, which has been cut off since heavy rain in January.

Hungerford publican Peter Young says the seven residents in town have been sandbagging their houses and moving livestock to higher ground.

"Properties on the river are all organised - they've got their stock away, they're all prepared," he said.

"But there's only a couple of houses with levee banks around them and it all depends how high and if you get any more rain when the peaks there - that's when there could be trouble."

The clean-up is gathering pace at Charleville, where Mayor Mark O'Brien says everyone is helping out.

"We've got lots of agencies here - SES, Red Cross, I think the Salvos arrived in the morning - so all those agencies have kicked in now," he said.

Bradley's Gully, which runs through the centre of Charleville, dropped about half-a-metre overnight.

After remaining steady for most of yesterday, Bradley's Gully fell to about 1.2 metres, revealing more debris from the flood.

Wheelie bins, toys and logs are lying along the side of the gully and fences are choked with grass.

Water and mud still surrounds many of the damaged homes.

The SES, fire crews and council workers are helping residents with the mammoth task of hosing out the mud and debris from their homes.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) spokesman Bob Bundy says 65 extra SES workers from Ipswich and the Gold Coast arrived late last night.

"We had to get them to drive because they needed the vehicles here as much as anything - there's a shortage of vehicles around the place," he said.

A unit block was inundated twice this week.

It houses about 100 Vietnamese people, many of whom work at a local abattoir.

Mayor Mark O'Brien says an interpreter has been flown in to help.

"I want him to work directly with the Vietnamese community so that they understand what services are available to them in the repair," he said.

There is also concern about rising flood waters in central Queensland.

The weather bureau says there has been heavy rain in the Wide Bay and South Burnett regions in central Queensland overnight.

Up to 70 residents in the town of Theodore on the Dawson River and in Taroom, west of Bundaberg, may have to be evacuated over the next 24 hours.

Queensland Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts says authorities are also monitoring the emerging flood threat in central regions.

"There's more on the horizon in the next couple of days in other parts of Queensland," he said.
The clean-up is also continuing at Roma in southern inland Queensland .

A heavy downpour overnight contributed to more localised flooding in Roma.

Some roads, pathways and parks in the southern inland town were once again under water this morning but no homes appear to be threatened at this stage.

- Reporting by Kerrin Binnie, Fidelis Rego, Tom Forbes and Emma Pollard

- ABC
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174. TampaSpin
4:31 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Wow is this blog dead!
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173. wunderkidcayman
4:29 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Quoting AussieStorm:

it's all well and good to have a hurricane in the ATL but if i causes destruction and kills, that isn't something i would wish on anyone.


true I don't wish for the second part of your statement but yes it is all well and good to have in the Atl
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172. AussieStorm
4:23 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Quoting CybrTeddy:
Our little disturbance off Brazil.

bottom left or in the middle. Both don't look like much more than heavy rain.
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171. CybrTeddy
4:20 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Our little disturbance off Brazil.
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170. Levi32
4:16 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
The light is about gone here but the visibility just took a nose-dive under 1 mile and the temperature has dropped 3 degrees in the last 30 minutes. Snow is still light but should steadily intensify throughout the night. From now on the snow will be mostly undetectable by radar.
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169. AussieStorm
4:15 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Quoting wunderkidcayman:


I can't wait either wish we could see it within the next 2-3 weeks

it's all well and good to have a hurricane in the ATL but if i causes destruction and kills, that isn't something i would wish on anyone.
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168. Levi32
4:01 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
We are officially in lake-effect mode here. The radar loop shows Homer in the clear now but the snow is still coming down and the temperature has begun to drop steeply. This is the classic signal of our local lake-effect process, and steady moderate to heavy snow showers should continue with gusty SW winds all night. We'll see how much piles up by morning.

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167. wunderkidcayman
3:29 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Quoting MrstormX:
I just can't wait for a North Atlantic System, there is nothing more exciting then watching a hurricane, or even a good tropical storm.


I can't wait either wish we could see it within the next 2-3 weeks
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166. all4hurricanes
3:26 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
They should have a list for the South Atlantic just say ten names and you're set for 50 years





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165. Tazmanian
3:18 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
i have updated my blog

all so if your still uesing window XP
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164. MrstormX
3:07 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
I just can't wait for a North Atlantic System, there is nothing more exciting then watching a hurricane, or even a good tropical storm.
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163. Levi32
3:03 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Quoting wunderkidcayman:
hi guys just came back from fishing so what with our south atlantic Pre-invest/invest


The disturbance is more disorganized than yesterday and is currently just an open surface trough of low pressure with scattered moderate convection. I'm not nearly as impressed with it, but it still has time to play around, and there is still a small chance for tropical development. It's starting to look like this system can't handle 20 knots of westerly shear though.
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162. MrstormX
3:02 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Quoting wunderkidcayman:
hi guys just came back from fishing so what with our south atlantic Pre-invest/invest


Nothing exciting, limited development...
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161. wunderkidcayman
2:58 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
hi guys just came back from fishing so what with our south atlantic Pre-invest/invest
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160. StormChaser81
2:55 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
Quoting MrstormX:
The system over Nebraska, is that a thunderstorm in the northern portion or just a heavy rain core?



I'd say a heavy rain/light snow, no lightning. 40-50 dbz.
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159. MrstormX
2:50 AM GMT on March 06, 2010
The system over Nebraska, is that a thunderstorm in the northern portion or just a heavy rain core?
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