Last year one of wettest ever

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALL­BONE

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.”

Ac­cord­ing

to

the Bureau

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Mea­sur­ing up: Miallo’s Peter Ponzo

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