Wet June

Pil­bara soaks over dry sea­son

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Pil­bara res­i­dents have ex­pe­ri­enced a month of what Mel­bourne would call great weather, with ab­nor­mally high rain­fall and low tem­per­a­tures across the re­gion.

Kar­ratha (124.4mm) and Parabur­doo (72.2mm) aero­dromes both recorded their sec­ond wettest Junes since 2000 and the 102.4mm at Lear­month Aero made it the third wettest since the turn of the cen­tury for the North West Cape.

The rain has brought wel­come re­lief to the land af­ter a dry wet sea­son, where many sta­tions recorded as lit­tle as 20mm over the sum­mer.

The Hard­ing River in Roe­bourne flowed for the first time in a year and wa­ter­holes and gorges around Mill­stream-Chich­ester Na­tional Park, Cape Range Na­tional Park and Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park have been boosted.

Cheela Plains sta­tion man­ager Evan Pensini said the rain had been a wel­come re­lief for sta­tions in the area.

“It’s never too late to get rain,” he said.

“We’ve pretty much fin­ished all of our early mus­ter­ing, so we just sit back now and look at bring­ing some other stock in to make use of the grass we have.”

From a tourism per­spec­tive, Mr Pensini said the rain may have hin­dered some school hol­i­day plans, but it would help bring the sta­tion back to its pic­turesque best.

“This year it has been dif­fi­cult to tell peo­ple it’s re­ally dry this year, whereas last year was the com­plete op­po­site,” he said.

“It will look a pic­ture in a month or so.”

Cheela Plains recorded 86mm for June and has had some good rains to date in July.

Some 250mm has fallen in Kar­ratha this year to July 3, about 70mm more than at this stage last year and on par with the av­er­age falls to July.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Rain has helped boost wa­ter lev­els in ar­eas such as Deep Gorge.

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