Torrential rains in northeastern Australia caused the Fitzroy River to overflow its banks and flood much of Rockhampton, Queensland, and surrounding agricultural lands. Both the airport and major highways are underwater, isolating the city. In the image, muddy water is brown, and shallow, clearer water is gray. Vegetation is depicted in various shades of green, and buildings and streets are white. Clouds are also white.
This image was taken n Jan. 7, 2011, with the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft.
Read a related JPL press release
about flooding and La Nina.