Wettest February on record
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