Wet season starts to finally soak in
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.
Wicked weather: a couple of tourists suited up for the season