Wet sea­son starts to fi­nally soak in

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE um­brel­las have well and truly opened for the wet sea­son in the Dou­glas re­gion.

The high­est rain­fall fig­ures in the area in the first 14 days of March have been recorded in Port Dou­glas with 163mm fall­ing.

Dain­tree Vil­lage reg­is­tered the high­est lo­cal rain­fall fig­ures for Fe­bru­ary with 565mm recorded, 478mm in Moss­man and 460.6mm in Port Dou­glas.

How­ever, these fig­ures are pos­i­tively sun-drenched com­pared to last year, the wettest Fe­bru­ary recorded in 10 years, which saw an as­tound­ing 1639mm of rain­fall in the Dain­tree Vil­lage alone.

A spokesman for the Aus­tralian Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy ex­plained the rea­son­ing be­hind these in­con­sis­tent weather pat­terns.

“Much of the vari­abil­ity in Australia’s cli­mate is con­nected with the at­mo­spheric phe­nom­e­non called the south­ern os­cil­la­tion, a ma­jor see-saw of air pres­sure and rain­fall pat­terns be­tween the Aus­tralian/in­done­sian re­gion and the east­ern Pa­cific,” he said.

“Last year we had a strong La Niña cir­cu­la­tion - when the east­ern Pa­cific Ocean is much cooler than nor­mal - one of the strong­est ever on record, and this pro­duced a large amount of rain­fall.

“The trop­i­cal cir­cu­la­tion has re­turned to its youth­ful phase, which means that weather is ex­pected to re­main quite neu­tral.”

How­ever get your um­brella poised, as the wet sea­son is un­ques­tion­ably kick­ing in for the re­main­der of March.

“As the mon­soonal trough moves south­ward from the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, we will see rain fall closer to that of av­er­age March fig­ures,” the weather bureau spokesman said.

Mean­while a flood warn­ing is cur­rent for coastal and ad­ja­cent in­land catch­ments from Cape Tribu­la­tion to In­n­is­fail.

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