NW Cape breaks rain records
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.