Last year one of wettest ever
NO ONE has been able to escape the rain in the Douglas region with record-breaking rainfalls marking 2010 one of the wettest years in history.
The Douglas region has been longing for some dry weather especially for the locals in Miallo which received a staggering 4588mm of rainfall for 2010, an increase from the 3023mm rainfall in 2009.
Local farmer Peter Ponzo has been collecting rainfall records for Far North ABC for almost 42 years and said that rainfall around the 4000mm mark is not unusual.
“It has just been a very wet year. We have been breaking rainfall records since August,” he said.
“In 2010, we broke records in September with 227mm when our average is 70mm, October with 363mm when our average is 97mm, November with 311mm when our average is 188mm and in December we got 585mm when our average is only 300mm.”
According to Mr Ponzo, rainfall has been above average most of the year and has affected agricultural production in the region.
Melva Osborne from Kenadon Homestead Cabins has been collecting rainfall records for years and said that the average annual rainfall for the Daintree was 4721.5mm.
“This is an increase from 2009 when we had 2558.5mm which is approximately 102 inches,” she said.
“It just never stopped raining, it’s been raining the whole time and this is supposed to only be the start of it so we don’t really know what we are in for.”
of Meteorology in Cairns, the yearly annual rainfall in Port Douglas was 3010.8mm, an increase from the 2082.8mm in 2009.
Mossman’s annual rainfall was 3573.2mm, an increase from the 2654.4mm in 2009.
Cairn’s had 2008mm and Cooktown received 1813mm. Whyanbeel Valley had 4458.1mm of rain, almost double the amount received in 2009 which was 2893mm.
Cairns Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Daini Donu said locals can expect more rainfall right up until the end of April but also had some positive news regarding cylones.
“Rainfall is expected to continue until the end of the wet season in April. At this stage there is no evidence to say we will be getting a cyclone,” she said.
Measuring up: Miallo’s Peter Ponzo