Pilbara soaks over dry season
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.
Rain has helped boost water levels in areas such as Deep Gorge.