flow for first time in 2 years in NW SA
Rivers that seldom flow are running for the first time in two years
in NW SA today. Ernabella, 350km SW of Alice Springs, recorded 29.8
mm for the 24 hours to 9am, bringing its 3 day total to 132.2mm. Across
the border in the NT, Curtin Springs has recorded 58.8 for the 3 days, falling
from the rain depression formed by the dissipation of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
bring downpours to tropical NT, QLD
There were some torrential downpours ahead of a broad trough of low
pressure amplifying N to NE across tropical QLD and NT today. A
heavy storm in Townsville around 8pm gave the airport 33mm in 2 hours, but
18mm of that fell in 14 minutes soon
after 8pm. Unofficial suburban reports for the storm given to the Bureau's
Townsville office included 94mm at Kirwan and 40mm at Belgian Gardens. Flash
swept a vehicle off a causeway at Oak Valley, 20km south of Townsville, the
driver fortunately escaping. A succession of heavy showers gave Mackay
MO 53mm between 9am and 6pm.
Earlier in the day, Mt Isa airport recorded
the 18 hours
while across the border on the Barkly Tablelands in the NT, Brunette Downs
reported 73mm in the 9 hours ended 6am. Heavy Territory thunderstorm falls
during the day included Lajamanu 45.8mm in the hour to 3pm, Macarthur River
Mine 23.6mm in 15 minutes to 10am and Darwin Airport 23.2mm in half an hour
to 6.30pm. Full rainfall details are in wettest and downpours below.
moves into SA
The hot airmass that yesterday set records in southern WA moved into
giving maximum temperatures 8 to 13 above average along the coastal fringe
from the WA/SA border east to the Yorke Peninsula. Elliston on the Eyre Peninsula
recorded a top of 37.5, 13.3 above average, while Ceduna's 40.1 was 12.9 above.
It continued to be warm in SE WA as well, with Eyre recording a top of 39.0,
13.9 above the norm.
News sources: ABC, Townsville Bulletin