On March 27, 2017/Cyclone Debbie/ the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of Cyclone Debbie approaching the coast of Queensland, Australia. Shortly after the image was acquired, the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center estimated that the sustained wind speeds in the center of the storm were 90 knots (165 kilometers or 105 miles per hour). The speed eventually reached 260kph in some areas.
Storm season is now pretty much dead and dusted here in Northern Australia, apart from the far northern areas closest to the equator. Lonnnngggg dry season ahead, El Nino ensured we had a below average season rainfall and thunderstorm wise. Cyclone season was a massive Bust. Bring on next season. - Charters Towers Queensland
Age: 50 Occupation: Premier of Queensland, Australia Anna Bligh was the first woman to be elected premier of any Australian state. Since the beginning of 2011, her home state of Queensland has been hit by floods and a cyclone stronger than Katrina, plus the bill for all the cleanup. But there were few casualties during the crises and her handling of public duties, keeping people informed and calm while rallying the rest of Australia to help out, was widely admired.