Flooding along the Fitzroy River in western Australia - Earth.com

Flooding along the Fitzroy River in western Australia

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features flooding along the Fitzroy River in western Australia. Torrential rainfall from Tropical Cyclone Ellie raised the river to record-high levels.

“The flooding is visible in this false-color image, acquired on January 9, 2023, with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite,” says NASA. “Water appears light to dark blue; vegetation is green and bare land is brown.”

“Flooding is common along rivers of the Kimberly region in Western Australia. But the amount of water delivered by the ex-tropical cyclone was exceptional. From December 30, 2022, through the first week of January 2023, rainfall totals across the region ranged from 200 to 500 millimeters (7.9 to 19.7 inches).”

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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