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Storm Hits New South Wales, Australia

Storm Hits New South Wales, Australia

Strong wind and heavy rain battered Sydney and other areas of Australia’s New South Wales from April 20-22, 2015. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of the storm on April 21.

A news report in The Guardian cited David Elliott, the New South Wales emergency services minister, who called the storm a “once-in-a-decade” event. The story noted that some areas saw winds that reached 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour and rainfall amounts of about 300 millimeters (12 inches) within 24 hours. As a result of the storms and flooding, 12 areas were declared natural disaster zones.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data from the Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE). Caption by Kathryn Hansen.