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 Yet more rain threatened as QLD Tropical North Coast drenched again
Fri 30 Mar 2018

Just over two weeks after days of rain produced the worst flooding in years in some rivers from Ingham to Cairns, and especially around Ingham, further heavy rain in the same area over the past week has again caused moderate to major flooding. This time the worst flooding was around Cairns after 100 to 200mm of rain fell in part of the saturated Barron River catchment in only two hours late on Monday 26th.

Minor flooding began in the Barron and Mulgrave-Russell systems around Cairns as early as Sunday 25th with rapid rises at upstream gauges. For example the Barron River at Mareeba rose by 7.34m to 10.30m in the six hours to 0130 Tuesday 27th while its tributary Clohesy River rose 10.35m in under eight hours to be 5¾m above major flood level. These rapid rises upstream of Cairns coincided with a period of intense heavy rain: in the two hours to 2300 26th Copperlode Dam recorded 189mm, Flaggy Creek 135 and Myola 124 while in one hour to 2200 26th Mona Mona recorded 87mm. All except Copperlode Dam are on the Barron above Barron Falls which was an awe-inspiring sight when dawn broke. [ABC News] However, the Copperlode downpour flowed down Freshwater Creek to join the Barron above Cairns, adding to the torrent of water that arrived in Cairns before dawn on Tuesday 27th

The resulting river and flash flooding was the worst in the city since February 2000. As reported on 26 March, extreme flash flooding extended north of Cairns to Port Douglas and into the Daintree. In Cairns itself:

  • Caravan parks in Brinsmead and Redlynch had to be evacuated when they were inundated in darkness, with cars and caravans floating about, people screaming for help and rescues made from campervans and caravans afloat. Water subsided quickly, but many people lost property in caravans.
  • The Bruce Highway was closed in several places and Captain Cook Highway to the north closed. Cairns residents were asked to stay home, and four high schools were closed.
  • The QLD Fire and Emergency Services reported dozens of swift-water rescues on Tuesday 27th. One man was rescued after clinging to a tree at Yorkey's Knob, north of the city.
  • Residents and organisations gave first-hand accounts in this ABC News story.

Elsewhere on the North Tropical Coast:

  • Douglas Shire ran critically short of drinking water, with only five hours supply left at one point.
  • Tully, Halifax, Cordelia, Taylors Beach and Lucinda were isolated, with three Tully schools closed.
  • In addition to many closures north of Ingham, the Bruce Highway was closed at Cattle Creek between Townsville and Ingham, lining up traffic for kilometres.

[ABC News, AAP/SMH, Floodlist]

The flooding this time around was caused by the nearly stationary monsoon trough lying from the southern Gulf of Carpentaria to the Coral Sea. Embedded in the trough, the decaying Ex-Tropical Cyclone Nora intensified rainfall for a while when it moved overland closer to the Tropical North Coast before moving back to the SE Gulf.

Also lying menacingly in the trough, out in the Coral Sea between the QLD coast and New Caledonia, the short-lived TC Iris refuses to go away with current guidance indicating it will bring rain to the QLD Capricorn and/or Tropical North Coasts from late on the Easter weekend. [Andrew Miskelly, BoM, JMA] There is still uncertainty as to what effect ex-TC Iris will have, but as of Friday evening 30th there are flood watches in place for coastal rivers from the Russell-Mulgrave system just south of Cairns to the Kolan River north of Bundaberg. The effects of Iris were already being felt on Friday 30th, with many Sunshine and Gold Coast beaches closed by by dangerous surf and strong currents. Despite warnings, 50 people had to be rescued. ABC News reported that conditions were so bad on some Sunshine Coast beaches that lifeguards could not get onto them because beachfronts had been washed away.

The BoM weekly rain map to 0900 29th shows over 400mm falling along the coastal strip from Ingham to the Daintree, where a number of places have now had two to three times their average March rain. A second large area over 400mm E of Normanton was directly due to the slow-moving ex-TC Nora as it moved east, then west, across the base of Cape York Peninsula. Rain there was particularly intense in the 24 hours to 0900 Tuesday 27th in the Georgetown/Mount Surprise area. Georgetown recorded 189mm, Mount Surprise (90km to the E) 205, Green Hills (30km WSW) 222 and Abingdon Downs (60km NW) a whopping 405mm. It was Abingdon Downs' highest one-day total since records began in 1945, beating the previous record of 263mm, also in a March in 2016.

During the week to the 29th, the average of all raingauges across all coastal river systems from the Herbert north to the Daintree River was 390mm. Averages in individual catchments were: Herbert (which includes the town of Ingham) 260mm, Tully 440, Johnstone (Innisfail) 510, Russell-Mulgrave (Babinda and Gordonvale) 440, Barron (Cairns) 360, and Daintree-Endeavour (Port Douglas, Mossman and Daintree Village) 465. The highest 7-day total was 1051mm at Bulgan Creek, 7km N of Tully, a quarter of which (252mm) fell in just three hours to 2300 Monday 26th with the hour to 2300 producing 100mm. The highest one-day fall was 593mm at the Port Douglas Warner Street gauge for the 24 hours to 0900 on the Monday 26th, its highest daily total for March since records began in 1887.

Overall, the heaviest rain was from the 25th to the 27th with most rivers at moderate or major flood levels at some of their gauging points by the morning of the 27th. Except in the north, flood peaks were lower than two weeks ago with the Herbert at Ingham Pump Station reaching just under the 12m major level and the Murray at Murray Flats just above the 8m major level, both on Wednesday evening 28th. The Tully at Euramo sat close to its peak of 8.7m (major level 9.0m) from midday Tuesday 27th to late Wednesday 28th while the Johnstone River only saw minor to moderate flooding at a few gauges on Tuesday 27th. Moderate flood levels were also reached in the Mulgrave-Russell and Daintree systems.

Australia Don't believe everything you read Fri 30 Mar 2018 - With few exceptions, it pays to be sceptical when reading, listening to or watching media reports of weather events. The Border Mail and The Maitland Mercury, both Fairfax Media country media outlets, reported that "The rain reached emergency levels on Monday when 100mm was said to fall in one minute". While I don't expect journalists pressed for time to comb through the technical data on the BoM Hydro web pages, the Bureau's tweet at the time clearly said "mm/hr". Common sense could also have suggested the figure looked wrong.

For the record, the heaviest 1-minute rainfall ever recorded in the world, as verified by the World Meteorological Organisation, was 31.2mm on 4 July 1956 at Unionville, Maryland, USA. A well-referenced Wikipedia article gives 38mm in one minute at Barot, Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean, on 26 November 1970, with this research document as its basis. It's a pdf in French, so unfortunately no cheating using your browser to translate. If you're interested in weather extremes, visit the WMO Global Weather and Climate Extremes page, the very good Wikipedia List of weather records, and from the BoM these lists of rainfall extremes for the world (now a little dated) and Australia.


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Major centres
Max
° C
+/- norm
° C
Min
° C
+/- norm
° C
Grass Min
° C
Rain to 9am mm Evaporation to 9am mm Sunshine hours Wind Run to 9am km (24-hour average km/h) Maximum Gust km/h / hour of occurrence
PERTH AIRPORT 34.1 +4.4 14.6 -1.3 11.5 0.0 7.2 10.1 385 (16.0) 50/07
BUNBURY 29.6 +1.8 12.6 -1.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 302 (12.6) 39/19
MANDURAH 30.9 +3.0 16.1 -2.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 316 (13.2) 41/23
DARWIN AIRPORT 33.6 +1.7 24.9 +0.4 24.0 0.0 5.0 10.5 213 ( 8.9) 22/09
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 34.5 +1.9 16.6 -0.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 334 (13.9) 41/16
WHYALLA AERO 24.4 -2.8 14.8 -0.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 394 (16.4) 41/16
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 23.0 -3.3 15.4 +0.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 134 ( 5.6) 30/09
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 21.3 -1.8 14.1 +3.6 -- 0.2 -- -- 444 (18.5) 41/09
MOUNT ISA AERO 37.3 +3.2 22.7 +1.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 183 ( 7.6) 37/12
CAIRNS AERO 32.0 +1.5 20.0 -3.1 -- 0.2 -- -- 229 ( 9.5) 26/13
TOWNSVILLE AERO 33.6 +2.9 23.1 +0.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 178 ( 7.4) 31/13
MACKAY M.O 30.1 +1.5 24.0 +1.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 431 (18.0) 52/12
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 32.2 +1.7 23.0 +2.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 381 (15.9) 43/13
BUNDABERG AERO 29.9 +0.8 22.3 +2.4 -- 0.2 -- -- 545 (22.7) 55/12
COOLANGATTA 28.1 +0.8 21.1 +1.5 -- 6.2 -- -- 333 (13.9) 41/12
BRISBANE AERO 28.2 +0.3 21.1 +1.7 20.3 1.0 3.6 8.7 349 (14.5) 34/14
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 25.3 -0.7 18.0 +1.8 -- 5.4 -- -- 655 (27.3) 48/02
GUNNEDAH RESOURCE CENTRE 34.0 +4.9 19.6 +3.0 -- 0.0 7.4 -- -- --
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 28.5 +2.2 16.6 -0.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 133 ( 5.5) 31/14
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 31.3 +5.1 17.5 +1.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 259 (10.8) 39/22
ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE 27.7 +5.1 -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 34.7 +5.8 14.4 -0.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 298 (12.4) 35/14
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 29.6 +4.4 20.3 +2.8 18.0 0.0 7.4 10.8 421 (17.5) 48/19
RICHMOND RAAF 34.7 +7.8 15.9 +0.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 138 ( 5.8) 35/17
BELLAMBI AWS 24.6 +0.7 20.9 +2.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 437 (18.2) 41/18
CANBERRA AIRPORT 30.4 -- 5.9 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 203 ( 8.5) 39/12
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 28.6 +1.0 12.1 -1.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 163 ( 6.8) 34/10
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 27.8 +0.2 9.4 -3.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 148 ( 6.2) 46/07
MILDURA AIRPORT 27.4 -0.9 10.5 -3.3 7.0 0.0 6.2 11.0 268 (11.2) 46/15
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 25.2 -1.0 10.1 -1.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 242 (10.1) 31/09
BENDIGO AIRPORT 25.5 -0.2 8.3 -3.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 204 ( 8.5) 34/10
MELBOURNE AIRPORT 24.7 +0.7 10.6 -2.0 8.6 0.0 4.2 9.7 287 (12.0) 41/14
BALLARAT AERODROME 21.1 -1.1 8.9 -1.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 269 (11.2) 43/10
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) 20.9 -1.6 14.4 +4.3 -- 0.1 -- -- 402 (16.8) 43/07
HOBART AIRPORT 19.9 -0.8 13.8 +3.0 9.0 0.0 5.4 6.9 473 (19.7) 67/11
Max
° C
+/- norm
° C
Min
° C
+/- norm
° C
Grass Min
° C
Rain to 9am mm Evaporation to 9am mm Sunshine hours Wind Run to 9am km Maximum Gust km/h / hour of occurrence
Hottest
Highest maximum temperature>Greatest variation above normal maximum Highest minimum temperatureGreatest variation above normal minimum

45.3 MARDIE W Pilbara WA
44.9 EMU CREEK STATION W Gascoyne WA
43.2 LEARMONTH AIRPORT W Pilbara WA
42.1 PARABURDOO AERO E Gascoyne WA

+8.7 : 28.9 KATOOMBA (MURRI ST) C Tablelands S NSW
+8.5 : 35.1 BADGERYS CREEK AWS Sydney--west NSW
+8.5 : 35.2 CAMDEN AIRPORT AWS Illawarra NSW
+8.3 : 32.8 MANGROVE MOUNTAIN AWS Hunter Valley NSW
+8.2 : 35.6 PENRITH LAKES AWS Sydney--west NSW
+8.2 : 39.2 WONGAN HILLS Central West WA
+8.2 : 34.5 PROSPECT RESERVOIR Sydney--west NSW

29.0 ROWLEY SHOALS Islands ISL
28.0 BROWSE ISLAND Islands ISL
27.9 BEDOUT ISLAND E Pilbara WA
27.6 LEGENDRE ISLAND E Pilbara WA
27.3 MEEKATHARRA AIRPORT E Gascoyne WA
27.3 SWEERS ISLAND Gulf Country QLD

+6.0 : 27.3 MEEKATHARRA AIRPORT E Gascoyne WA
+5.4 : 16.8 KATOOMBA (MURRI ST) C Tablelands S NSW
+5.3 : 25.3 MOUNT MAGNET AERO E Gascoyne WA
+5.2 : 23.6 MULLEWA Central West WA
+5.1 : 23.5 CURTIN SPRINGS N Plateau NT
+5.1 : 24.5 WILUNA Interior WA

Coldest
Lowest maximum temperatureGreatest variation below normal maximum Lowest minimum temperatureGreatest variation below normal minimum

6.4 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
7.9 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
11.0 MOUNT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
11.5 BUTLERS GORGE Central Plateau TAS
11.5 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS

-6.5 : 7.9 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
-5.4 : 14.0 MAYDENA POST OFFICE Derwent Valley TAS
-5.0 : 11.5 BUTLERS GORGE Central Plateau TAS
-5.0 : 11.5 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
-4.8 : 6.4 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS

3.3 COOMA VISITORS CENTRE Goulburn/Monaro NSW
4.8 GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
5.2 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
5.3 MOUNT BAW BAW W Gippsland VIC
5.5 COOMA AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW

-8.2 : 6.1 EYRE Eucla WA
-6.1 : 11.4 WANAARING POST OFFICE Upper Darling NSW
-5.8 : 10.2 TARCOOLA AERO NW Pastoral SA
-5.8 : 7.4 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
-5.2 : 4.8 GOULBURN AIRPORT AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW

Wettest
Sunniest & dullest
Windiest
Highest gusts
Todays highest rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am. It includes the top 5 totals nationally followed by all reported falls of 50mm or more.
Highest and lowest recordings of hours of sunshine for the 24 hours to midnight.
Highest wind run totals in kilometres for the 24 hours to 9am (average speed in brackets). All reported runs > =25km/h are shown.
Highest wind gusts in km/h for the 24 hours to midnight followed by the hour in which it occurred. All stations with gusts > 89km/h are shown.
51.0 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
44.0 CAPE LIPTRAP (ILLAWONG) W Gippsland VIC
39.2 STRATHGORDON (GORDON POWER STATION) W Coast TAS
38.0 NUMINBAH Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
37.0 HAZELMERE N Coast--Barron QLD

QUEENSLAND
N Coast--Barron
37.0 HAZELMERE
Brisbane/SE Coast
38.0 NUMINBAH

VICTORIA
W Gippsland
44.0 CAPE LIPTRAP (ILLAWONG)

TASMANIA
W Coast
51.0 MOUNT READ
39.2 STRATHGORDON (GORDON POWER STATION)

Reports not yet available

1402 (58.4) MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
1302 (54.3) DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
1188 (49.5) LOW ROCKY POINT W Coast TAS
1056 (44.0) CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
1015 (42.3) CAPE GRIM BAPS (COMPARISON) N Coast TAS
992 (41.3) RUNDLE ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
971 (40.5) LADY ELLIOT ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
963 (40.1) KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
956 (39.8) HERON ISLAND RES STN Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
947 (39.5) MIDDLE PERCY ISLAND Islands ISL
909 (37.9) SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS
869 (36.2) NORTH ISLAND Central West WA
869 (36.2) THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
866 (36.1) LOW HEAD N Coast TAS
849 (35.4) CAPE GRIM N Coast TAS
810 (33.8) WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL
789 (32.9) CAPE SORELL W Coast TAS
785 (32.7) KING ISLAND AIRPORT King Island TAS
783 (32.6) HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
772 (32.2) SWAN ISLAND E Coast TAS
762 (31.8) MOUNT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
749 (31.2) LARAPUNA (EDDYSTONE POINT) E Coast TAS
742 (30.9) MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
730 (30.4) HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
728 (30.3) HOGAN ISLAND Islands ISL
711 (29.6) STRAHAN AERODROME W Coast TAS
697 (29.0) DEVONPORT AIRPORT N Coast TAS
692 (28.8) GOLD COAST SEAWAY Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
676 (28.2) CAPE NELSON LIGHTHOUSE W Coast VIC
660 (27.5) ROTTNEST ISLAND Lower West WA
655 (27.3) TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT Darling Downs E QLD
650 (27.1) REDCLIFFE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
635 (26.5) FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS
625 (26.0) CRESSY RESEARCH STATION N Coast TAS
624 (26.0) NEPTUNE ISLAND W Agricultural SA
622 (25.9) SUNSHINE COAST AIRPORT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
613 (25.5) CARNARVON AIRPORT W Gascoyne WA
610 (25.4) CAPE NATURALISTE Lower West WA
605 (25.2) MARIA ISLAND (POINT LESUEUR) E Coast TAS
605 (25.2) NORFOLK ISLAND AERO Islands ISL
604 (25.2) CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE W Coast VIC
604 (25.2) LAUNCESTON AIRPORT N Coast TAS
117/18 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
113/17 BEDOUT ISLAND E Pilbara WA
98/08 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
89/12 HARTZ MOUNTAIN (KEOGHS PIMPLE) Southeast TAS
85/06 SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS
85/11 HOGAN ISLAND Islands ISL

Downpours High AWS wind reports
High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less from AWS and synoptic reports. Storm force gusts (>89km/h) and 10-minute mean gales (>62km/h) reported by AWSs. Wind direction and mean windspeed are shown in brackets.
None reported None reported