Lows bring big falls

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Storm clouds above Kar­ratha.

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