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May 24, 2017
NASA adds up record Australia rainfall
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 22, 2017
Over the week of May 15, extreme rainfall drenched northeastern Australia and NASA data provided a look at the record totals. The rainfall was the heaviest rainfall in that area since tropical cyclone Debbie hit Queensland Australia in late March. Much of the recent extremely heavy rainfall was due to storms associated with a trough or elongated area of low pressure slowly moving over northeastern Queensland from the Coral Sea. More than 100 millimeters or 3.9 inches of rain in 24 hours was ... read more

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