Last update: June 19th, 2019 at 9:00 am
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.