CQ braces for 100mm falls

Central Queensland News - - RURALWEEKLY - Shayla Bul­loch

STORM birds are out in force in cen­tral Queens­land lead­ing up to one of the big­gest falls the re­gion has had all year.

Re­ports in­di­cate triple fig­ures are set to drench the re­gion if all the weather gods line up this week­end.

Weather fore­caster Mike Grif­fin said an un­usual Oc­to­ber weather event could hit CQ com­menc­ing on the Cen­tral High­lands with storm ac­tiv­ity to­day (Fri­day) and con­tinue to­wards the coast.

Mike said an up­per cold pool, jet stream and on­shore con­ver­gence needed to hap­pen in uni­son for max­i­mum rain­fall.

“If they all line up we will see triple fig­ure falls,” he said.

“We need an­other cou­ple of days to be com­pletely sure of the rain­fall event, but it is look­ing to be a wet stormy week­end for the re­gion.”

Heavy to ex­treme falls are pos­si­ble if the three pa­ram­e­ters line up.

This could af­fect North­ern Capri­cor­nia to Bowen start­ing Satur­day with iso­lated storm ac­tiv­ity.

Mike said the ar­eas north of Yep­poon are at risk of flash flood­ing if the fresh to strong on­shore winds de­velop late Sun­day into Mon­day and Tues­day.

“Those ar­eas could see a lot of rain in the next week and peo­ple should avoid camp­ing around Shoal­wa­ter to Stan­age Bay and be care­ful on the ocean,” he said.

Mike said it could be a very un­com­fort­able time for boat­ies with winds gust­ing 25 to 30 knots at times.

These type of falls have been rare for the re­gion this year and Mike says it is a wel­come sign for a strong wet sea­son.

“After the very dry and hot start to spring the start to Oc­to­ber has brought wel­come rain to most of CQ,” he said.

“Now the gra­ziers and farm­ers will be happy with some fol­low up rain. It has been a long time since we’ve had a wet Oc­to­ber.

“This is an out­look into the sum­mer ahead with a fairly de­cent wet sea­son ex­pected com­pared to last year.”

PHOTO: STORMCAST.COM

HOW IT IS LOOK­ING: Heavy falls are ex­pected for parts of CQ.

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