Heavy rains, some associated with Tropical Storm Tasha, battered the Queensland coast of Australia in late December 2010. Tasha came ashore on December 25, 2010, just south of Cairns, according to the Herald Sun. As Tasha abated, a second low-pressure system formed off the coast, promising more precipitation. Forecasters expected heavy rain for several more days in almost every major Queensland town. Eighteen rivers were on flood watch throughout the state as of December 27.
This color-coded image shows rainfall amounts in Queensland from December 20 to 26, 2010. The heaviest rainfall—more than 400 millimeters or nearly 16 inches—appears in dark blue. The lightest amounts—less than 50 millimeters or 2 inches—appear in light green.
This image is based on data from the Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis produced at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, which estimates rainfall by combining measurements from many satellites and calibrating them using rainfall measurements from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite.
The Herald Sun reported that while eastern Australia flooded, the western part of the country sweltered, with some areas experiencing temperatures of more than 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit).
This color-coded image shows estimated rainfall amounts in Queensland and neighboring states from February 24 to March 2, 2010. Lowest rainfall amounts appear in pale green, and heaviest amounts appear in dark blue.
Tropical Storm Nicole maintained tropical-storm status for only a matter of hours, but the storm nevertheless poured torrential rains on the island nation of Jamaica. The heavy rain led to flash floods and landslides, which proved especially deadly in shantytowns along unstable banks.