Warwick Hughes has a link to satellite imagery capturing the path of the intense rainstorms that swept eastern Australia between over January 2011. From another era before the ABC here are a series of isobaric weather charts from the Sydney Morning Herald and the accompanying headlines over a similar timeframe in February 1928.
We look to the past to get insights into the future.
The Headlines 15/2/1928
The Headlines 16/2/1928
FLOODS IN THE SOUTH AND NORTH. Great Tracts Inundated. EXTENSIVE RAILWAY WASHAWAYS. LINE 4ft UNDER WATER. Position Still Grave in Clarence Basin.
Headlines Monday 20/2/1928
FLOODS AND STORMS Over Great Areas. PARTS OF RAILWAY SWEPT AWAY. ADDITIONAL FATALITIES. Trains Trapped Between Washaways. PERIL STILL IN NORTH AND SOUTH.
Weather chart The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 20 February 1928, page 13
DEVASTATION BY FLOODS. Northern Towns Under Water, PERIL FROM THE CLARENCE. ABATEMENT IN THE SOUTH. SETTLERS' TERRIFYING EXPERIENCES.
Weather chart The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 21 February 1928, page 15
SERIOUS PLIGHT. Nyngan Endangered. CRISIS EXPECTED TO-DAY. (FROM OUR SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE.) DUB[?]O, Tuesday.
FLOODED AREAS. Signs of Great Havoc. WATER POLICE FOR NYNGAN. (FROM OUR SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE.) ORANGE. Tuesday.
TOLL OF THE FLOODS. £500,000 Damage at Grafton. TROPICAL DEPRESSION PASSES. other Lithgow Collieries Menaced.
Weather chart The Sydney Morning, Wednesday 22 February 1928, page 20
A NEW DANGER. Threatening Nyngan. DRIFT IN THE BOGAN. (FROM OUR SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE.) NYNGAN, Wednesday.
NYNGAN TOWN IN PERIL. Flood in the Bogan. GRAFTON WATER SUPPLY FAILS. FRESH STORM AT JUNEE. Main Southern Line Flooded.DISASTER AVERTED. 17 PEOPLE IN DANGER. BRAVERY OF BOAT'S CREW. GRAFTON, Wednesday.
This is by no means the only event of this nature. Search the archive yourself at http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home