rain on Bathurst Is as monsoon strengthens across northern Australia
A Low that developed overnight in the monsoon trough north of Darwin has given
torrential rain today to Bathurst Island, about 100km north of Darwin. The
automatic weather station at Cape Fourcroy on the island's west coast recorded
210mm for the 24 hours to 9am Friday, of which 189mm fell in the 9 hours between
3pm and midnight today. With the monsoon trough gaining strength right across
the top of Australia, there were some heavy falls
farther afield as well. Oenpelli,
240km E of Darwin, reported 58mm between 9am and 3pm, while Victoria River
Downs, 450km S of Darwin, reported 49mm between 6 and 9pm. Horn Island, which
lies next to Thursday Island off the tip of Cape York Peninsula QLD, recorded
53.8mm in just 2 hours to 3pm. The 24-hour rainfall registrations to 9am
Friday show many reports of 50 to 100mm from the Gulf and Peninsula in
QLD, across the NT Top End to the WA North Kimberley as the monsoon winds up.
peaks move down inland QLD rivers
Flood crests from last weekend's rain continue to move down six inland river
systems in Queensland.
The lower Warrego peaked at Bakers Bend, about 25km SW of Charleville,
at 8.42m at 2pm yesterday, and remained at this level until 3 this morning.
The crest reached Wyandra, about 75km farther downstream as the crow
flies, on Friday morning with a peak of 8.01m and moderate flooding.
are varying between moderate and major, depending on the area.
Rapid river rises and moderate to major flooding are forecast for Cunnamulla
at the weekend.
On the Paroo, the river peaked at Eulo at 3.70m last night with moderate
flooding which is now extending downstream to Hungerford.
The Barcoo is still causing minor flooding around Blackall though this
is easing. Moderate to major flooding is extending downstream.
Minor flooding continues to move down the Alice and Bulloo rivers, and
minor to moderate flooding down the Belyando
Heavy rainfall occurred in the Capricornia and Southern Highlands during
the beginning of the month, resulting in flooding in the Don River of
the Fitzroy River system and also the upper reaches of the Burnett River.
Rain gradually became more widespread throughout Queensland and flooding
occurred in a number of the western rivers. The floods are thought to
have caused $10 million worth of damage to public infrastructure.
Flooding occurred in the Paroo River from Humeburn
downstream to Hungerford during the middle of February. A major flood
peak of 4.7 metres was recorded at Humeburn on the 10th with the floodwaters
peaking downstream at Hungerford on the 20th just below the moderate flood
Very heavy isolated rainfall was reported in the upper reaches of the
Alice and Barcoo Rivers on the 9th and 10th, there was moderate flooding
in the Alice River at Jericho.
The major fire burning in Victoria's east
continues to cause concern along its southern flank. The fire front extends
from south of Mt Buffalo in northeastern VIC to near Tubbut in East
Gippsland, a distance of some 650km, and
most of this firefront remains uncontained. There was significant spotting
ahead of the main front south of Mt Buffalo yesterday afternoon.