Del­uge

NW Cape breaks rain records

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

The North West Cape ex­pe­ri­enced its sec­ond wettest winter in recorded his­tory and the rains are set to con­tinue for much of northern WA, ac­cord­ing to the Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy.

Lear­month Aero recorded 193.3mm of rain over June, July and Au­gust, which is the high­est to­tal of the 21st cen­tury since records be­gan and only eclipsed by 1968’s 232.4mm sea­son.

The rain has pro­vided welcome re­lief af­ter a dry wet sea­son and an impressive late bloom of wild­flow­ers.

Bullara Sta­tion owner Ed­wina Shall­croft said the sta­tion’s pas­toral and tourism guises had both ben­e­fited from the winter rain. “It is quite in­ter­est­ing be­cause we have prob­a­bly had half the rain­fall Lear­month has had but hav­ing said that its been a fan­tas­tic sea­son,” she said.

“We were ready to do an early muster be­cause it was all look­ing very dire with no summer rain but ... we have been able to put that off un­til Oc­to­ber.

“It is in­cred­i­ble see­ing plants I haven’t seen for 15 to 20 years, the di­ver­sity of all the plants and bushes com­ing out is just great.”

Mrs Shall­croft said the amount of birds around, par­tic­u­larly brol­gas, had also been impressive.

Fur­ther up the coast Kar­ratha copped a soak­ing, record­ing its fourth wettest winter on record with 183.8mm.

There was joy in­land too with Parabur­doo Aero reg­is­ter­ing 116.6mm across 25 rain days, mak­ing it the fourth wettest winter in the town’s his­tory.

Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy se­nior cli­mate li­ai­son of­fi­cer Glenn Cook said cur­rent mod­el­ling was point­ing to­wards above av­er­age rain­fall for the com­ing months.

He added an early start to the wet sea­son across Northern Aus­tralia was on the cards, with all in­di­ca­tions point­ing to­wards an above av­er­age sea­son.

How­ever, the news has not been good for the en­tire re­gion with sta­tions to the north-east of the Pil­bara re­port­ing dire sit­u­a­tions hav­ing re­ceived al­most no rain to date this year.

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