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Forecasters fear new La Nina as pressure grows to open floodgates on major dams by Darrell Giles
Sunday, October 23rd 2011, 3:33 PM GMT
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Chance of extreme rainfall doubled

Queensland told to drain the dams

Last summer wild weather claimed 35 lives

A SECRET weather bureau report predicting another summer of wild weather will force the Queensland Government to open the floodgates on major dams.

The dramatic new forecast delivered last Wednesday, but kept under wraps will prompt the Government to reverse measures to keep the dams close to full before the wet season.

The Bureau of Meteorology has provided the federal and Queensland governments with the latest La Nina data, which shows the chances of extreme rainfall have doubled in recent weeks.

Queensland Police has also been briefed by the forecasters. Premier Anna Bligh announced on September 30 that Wivenhoe and North Pine would not be drained hoping that Queensland would not be hit hard again.

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Summer 2011/2012 weather forecast by Nathalie Fernbach
Tuesday, October 4th 2011, 10:41 AM GMT
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With a La Nina system dominating weather patterns again this year, summer 2011/2012 is forecast to be another wet one.

After last summer's devastating conditions many Queenslanders will be hoping for something a little milder this year.

Forecasts indicate another La Nina pattern will again bring a wetter than average summer, but things shouldn't get quite as hairy as last wet season says Townsville weather bureau forecaster Doug Fraser.

"It is actually quite common that a strong La Nina will be followed by a weaker one, so it is not unusual to see that happening and generally as we are predicting it is not quite as bad a season as the preceding one."

The La Nina pattern would suggest an earlier start to the summer rains again this year, however in comparison to last year's record September rainfall, things are running a bit behind says Mr Fraser.

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Australia's summer forecast: Fair chance of disaster
Tuesday, September 13th 2011, 9:05 AM GMT
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AUSTRALIANS have been warned there is no room for complacency this summer, with weather forecasters making predictions of bushfires, cyclones, torrential rain and severe thunderstorms.

Queenslanders, still recovering from last summer's disasters, have been told to brace themselves for threats from multiple fronts.

Fire crews across the country, from the northern fringes of Victoria right up to the tropical north, are on alert amid fears huge tracts of dry vegetation - overgrown thanks to the big wet of last summer - could ignite.

Bureau of Meteorology deputy director-general Bruce Gunn yesterday told a closed-door briefing of Cabinet ministers that at least four cyclones could form in the Coral Sea and may cross the Queensland coast.

Thunderstorms look likely to batter Queensland's southeast while the state's north and parts of NT could be swamped by heavy tropical downpours and an above-average number of cyclones.

The return of La Niña means increased rain in the north and east of the country and cooler temperatures.

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