Australian river swells to 37 miles wide due to flooding, creates its own weather system

Satellite imagery shows the massive flooding that has hit northeast Australia in 2019.

(CNN)A river has gone from thin and dry to 37 miles (60 kilometers) wide in a matter of weeks as a result of floods in northeast Australia, satellite imagery shows.

Images released by NASA show the change to the Flinders River -- one of Australia's longest waterways -- over the past month, with flooding there at its worst in more than half a century.
CNN meteorologists analyzed the image and said it appeared the river had swelled 60 kilometers wide at some points.
    The river is now so big it's creating its own weather system.
      The Queensland Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said extra moisture from the flooding helped create a thunderstorm early Thursday.