Late start ex­pected for rain

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ Those in the Pil­bara hop­ing for early rains will be left dis­ap­pointed, as the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy is pre­dict­ing a late start to the mon­soon sea­son, par­tic­u­larly in coastal ar­eas of the re­gion.

BOM data sug­gests a 25 to 35 per­cent chance of early rain­fall on the North West coast, but eastern ar­eas have a 50/50 chance of early north­ern rain­fall on­set.

Just 7.6mm of rain fell in Kar­ratha this win­ter, its low­est fig­ure since 2010; 25mm fell in Parabur­doo from June to Au­gust and 2.2mm of rain was recorded in Port Hed­land.

BOM is pre­dict­ing near av­er­age con­di­tions for spring in the Pil­bara.

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