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Sunday September 26, 2021

More rain for southern WA

15:18 AEST A low pressure system is generating a series of cold fronts that are likely to affect WA later this week.
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Spring rains are coming

10:13 AEST The best spring rain in a decade is expected to fall over agricultural districts of New South Wales and Victoria this week.
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Saturday September 25, 2021

Tasmania's flurry of snow will slowly retreat to higher elevations

ABC image 05:59 AEST Elevated areas of Tasmania were blanketed in snow overnight, but snowfalls in central Hobart that had been hoped for did not come to pass.
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Friday September 24, 2021

Tasmania prepares for snowy evening with flurries expected as low as 100 metres

ABC image 13:32 AEST Tasmanians are bracing for wintry weather in spring as an icy blast of air moves through the state on Friday and into Saturday, with a possibility of snow down near sea level.
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Wednesday September 22, 2021

Queensland records wild day of weather with extremes of fire and sleet

ABC image 06:28 AEST Queenslanders have faced extremes of fire and sleet during a wild day of weather that delivered the state's coldest September day in half a decade.
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Tuesday September 21, 2021

Last blast of winter grips Queensland, bringing strong, dry winds and plummeting temps

ABC image 07:19 AEST A blast of winter weather is returning to much of Queensland as the tail of a low-pressure trough that developed in the Tasman Sea whips a hole in the spring warmth.
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Did you see these rare wave-like clouds above Brisbane this morning?

ABC image 04:32 AEST Rare clouds resembling waves could be seen over Brisbane this morning as a strong southerly change moved across southern Queensland.
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Monday September 20, 2021

Winter blast to hit NSW, bringing wind, snow and hail

14:37 AEST A cold front will sweep across NSW this week, bringing back the frost of winter with gale-force winds, hail and snow.
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How compound disasters can affect your mental health, and what to do about it

ABC image 07:31 AEST When Janet Donnelly moved to a farm at South Arm in northern New South Wales five years ago, she could never have imagined the type of trauma she'd have to endure in such a short space of time.
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Emu migration underway across outback, after replenishing rains in NSW

ABC image 01:18 AEST Emus in eastern Australia have returned to their long march across the outback as rains replenish drought-affected areas and habitats.
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Sunday September 19, 2021

A hot and cold heart

14:22 AEST Alice Springs sits at the centre. Geographically, the town is roughly 1500 km equidistant from both Darwin and Adelaide. Culturally, it demarcates 'up north' from 'down south'. And meteorologically, at 23 degrees latitude, it separates the tropics from the mid-latitudes, marking the general limit for the reach of southern cold-fronts.
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It's peak whale-watching time but catching a peek has been quite the challenge

ABC image 02:18 AEST Queensland researchers say whale watchers have reported fewer sightings this east coast migration season.
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Saturday September 18, 2021

Canada's tough canola harvest driving prices up for Aussie farmers

ABC image 02:54 AEST Australian canola prices have been historically high this year and increased again this week.
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Friday September 17, 2021

Mosquito management programs spring into action, after Ross River virus case numbers soar

ABC image 07:35 AEST A health scientist is urging local governments across Western Australia to increase mosquito controls to prevent another surge in cases of Ross River virus.  Last financial year, cases of the mosquito-borne virus soared to 816 from 318 the previous year.
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Australia's farmers bounce back thanks to rain, high prices and bad times overseas

ABC image 03:12 AEST In case you hadn't heard, Australian farmers are on track for an absolute blinder.
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Wednesday September 15, 2021

Bureau of Meteorology says La Niña's an even chance to return for a second consecutive spring

ABC image 08:12 AEST The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has moved to a La Niña watch, indicating there is now a 50 per cent chance of the rain-bearing climate driver returning this spring.
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Questions remain over what happened to Gulf Livestock 1 a year on from tragic live export voyage

ABC image 05:38 AEST It has been 12 months since a live export ship sank off the Japanese coast, but a number of details about the tragedy remain a mystery.
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Monday September 13, 2021

Burst water main at Mitcham causes sinkhole on Fullarton Road with several homes damaged

13:41 AEST A burst water main has sent a "river of water" gushing down a major Adelaide road, creating a sinkhole and causing major traffic delays.
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Shanghai cancels flights, closes schools as Typhoon Chanthu tracks towards city

06:49 AEST Schools across Shanghai have been closed and flights and public transport suspended as Typhoon Chanthu moves north across the region.
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Friday September 10, 2021

Farmer devastated by natural disasters feels 'abandoned' after falling through the cracks

22:14 AEST More than 20 months on from a massive bushfire razing fences and pasture on his farm, Gerry Swindale says he feels "abandoned".
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Hume Dam fills for first time since 2016 while downstream farmers are bracing for flooding

ABC image 05:15 AEST After a string of dry years, the Hume Dam, just outside Albury in NSW, is officially filled with water for the first time in five years.  Last time locals saw the dam this full was in 2016, which saw flooding downstream after Lake Hume spilled.  Murray-Darling Basin Authority's Acting Chief Executive Andrew Reynolds said it had increased the releases to approximately 31,000 ML per day to create some airspace in the dam.  "It's sitting at 98.5 per cent full and without the releases we are doing, it would obviously fill, so it's effectively "Right at the moment, with forecast for wetter conditions over the next couple of months and limited demands downstream, we are trying to draw the storage down a little bit to create some air space so if we do get another large rainfall event, we can capture the peak inflows as it comes in."  "We've got drier conditions forecast for the next week, so we'd like to draw the dam down by a couple of per cent if we can,  but we are equally aware of the impacts that can have downstream, so we're trying to limit flows below minor flood level downstream." Mr Reynolds said the Murray-Darling Basin Authority worked with landowners downstream to ensure they were updated with the latest information.
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Thursday September 9, 2021

Frost freezes bumper crops in West Australian Wheatbelt

ABC image 05:37 AEST Extensive frost damage in Western Australia's Wheatbelt has dashed some farmers' hopes of one of their best grain harvests on record.  Temperatures dropped below freezing for several hours in grain-growing regions late last week, and damage is already evident in some crops.  WA farmers were expected to harvest a 20 million tonne grain crop this year, the biggest in the state's history.  Michael Lamond is a York-based agronomist and collates the state's monthly crop report.  He said while the worst of the frost damage was in the north and east Merredin region, damage across the state had been widespread, from as far north as Yuna to south of the Great Eastern Highway.  "In area it's large.
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Proposed Tyndall Ranges bushwalk to become unprofitable if not at full capacity, documents show

ABC image 03:26 AEST The landmark project the Tasmanian government hopes will cement the state as a key bushwalking destination will lose money unless fully occupied for the entire six-month walking season, despite expectations it will be significantly hampered by the region's notorious wet weather, internal documents obtained by the ABC reveal.
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Wednesday September 8, 2021

CSIRO, governments and industry put $150m into farm sector research

ABC image 20:13 AEST Increased exports, drought mitigation and new foods are at the centre of $150 million in research spending by governments and Australia's farming industry.
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Queensland water utility wins appeal against 2011 flood damages ruling

06:42 AEST State-owned dam operator Seqwater has won an appeal against a landmark ruling on the 2011 Queensland floods.
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Tuesday September 7, 2021

Severe winds bring down power lines, trees, cut roads, damage property across Tasmania

ABC image 05:10 AEST Strong winds have brought down power lines and trees across Tasmania, with gusts of 110 kilometres per hour recorded in some parts.
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Gippsland farmers will wait weeks for floodwater to recede

ABC image 02:39 AEST They've battled droughts and fires in recent years, but some East Gippsland farmers will now have to wait a month until floodwater recedes from their land.
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Monday September 6, 2021

Scale of Rockhampton hail surprised insurers, homeowners waiting as materials shortage worsens

20:30 AEST It has been 16 months since the worst hailstorm in a decade tore through central Queensland, yet hundreds of homeowners are still waiting for their roofs to be repaired.
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Tonight's top headlines

08:58 AEST Good evening. Here's a wrap of the key news updates from Monday.
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Flood warnings across eastern Victoria after heavy weekend rain

ABC image 05:23 AEST Flood warnings have been issued across eastern Victoria after heavy rain swept through Gippsland over the weekend, smashing record levels.  Records were broken for Bairnsdale's daily September rainfall with 50 millimetres recorded on both Saturday and Sunday.
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Fire weather forecasts for Darwin, Batchelor, Adelaide River as Top End faces dry, windy days

ABC image 01:11 AEST Hot, dry and windy conditions are expected around Darwin and the northwest Top End this week, signifying the most dangerous fire weather forecasts this season.
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