Wettest Fe­bru­ary on record

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

South­ern­ers have reached the sea­son they call au­tumn but here in the Pil­bara, we have a month to go be­fore the wet sea­son of­fi­cially ends.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy data shows this Fe­bru­ary in Kar­ratha will go down as the wettest on record, while the cur­rent wet sea­son is the fourth wettest on record with the rest of March still to come.

From Novem­ber to the end of Fe­bru­ary, Kar­ratha recorded 374mm of rain.

The high­est wet sea­son rain­fall oc­curred at the turn of the mil­len­nium, with 445.8mm recorded from Novem­ber, 1999 to the end of March, 2000.

Onslow has recorded 212.4mm this wet sea­son to date, mak­ing it the fourth time in 10 years the coastal town has bro­ken the 200mm mark in a sea­son.

Fur­ther south, Ex­mouth missed out on most of the ac­tion from the Pil­bara, with 68.4mm reg­is­tered at Lear­month Aero this wet sea­son.

Heavy rains in­land have been be­hind the Pil­bara’s ephemeral rivers com­ing to life.

Parabur­doo Aero has recorded 214mm to Fe­bru­ary 28, Wit­tenoom 330.2mm and Mt Florence Sta­tion 302.4mm.

It has also been a mild month dur­ing the sea­son which usu­ally has na­tional me­dia turn­ing its at­ten­tion on near-50C tem­per­a­tures.

Kar­ratha went 55 days with­out hit­ting 40C un­til last week.

Even the no­to­ri­ously hot Mar­ble Bar has reached 40C only 13 times this year, with a rel­a­tively mild max­i­mum of 45.5C.

Last year, ar­ble Bar had 46 days above 40C by the end of Fe­bru­ary.

At time of print, the BOM in­di­cated the Aus­tralian mon­soon was likely to be­come ac­tive again this week.

Mia­ree Pool rapids af­ter heavy rain in­land. Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

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