Lows bring big falls
The predicted bumper cyclone season may have been a fizzler but Pilbara residents have just experienced one of the wettest wet seasons on record.
The Bureau of Meteorology had predicted 67 per cent of the North West getting more than its five-cyclone average.
In the end four cyclones formed in the region: Yvette, Caleb, Ernie and Greg. Only Yvette had an impact on the coast below cyclone strength.
A tropical low which crossed the coast west of Port Hedland on March 23 was later deemed to have reached cyclone strength but was not named. Ex-tropical cyclones Blanche and Frances also affected the North West coast after forming in the top end.
One of the tropical lows on February 8 led to Karratha experiencing its wettest February day on record when 210.6mm fell in a matter of hours overnight.
Between November 1 and April 30 Karratha Aero recorded 347.2mm, the seventh wettest wet on record. All six wet seasons above 2016-17 have occurred in the past 20 years.
Paraburdoo Aero recorded 315.8mm, the seventh time since 2000 the region has had more than 300mm in a season.
The rains failed to extend as far south as the North West Cape, with Learmonth Aero near Exmouth recording just 72mm for the season.
Miaree Pool rapids after heavy rain inland.
Storm clouds above Karratha.