Record-breaking rainfall across Queensland • Earth.com

Last update: February 17th, 2020 at 8:00 am

Record-breaking rainfall across Queensland Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows the aftermath of intense rainfall across Australia in February of 2019.

A series of slow-moving storm systems dumped record-breaking levels of rain in northern Queensland.

In some areas, 40 inches of rain fell in just seven days, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.

Queensland (locally /ˈkwiːnzlænd/ KWEENZ-land,abbreviated as Qld) is the second-largest and third-most populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. To its north is the Torres Strait, with Papua New Guinea located less than 200 km across it from the mainland. The state is the world’s sixth-largest sub-national entity, with an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres (715,309 sq mi). Record-breaking rainfall across Queensland

As of 15 May 2018, Queensland had a population of 5,000,000,concentrated along the coast and particularly in the state’s South East. The capital and largest city in the state is Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city. Often referred to as the “Sunshine State”, Queensland is home to 10 of Australia’s 30 largest cities and is the nation’s third-largest economy. Tourism in the state, fuelled largely by its warm climate, is a major industry. 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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