At last it’s looking like a real Wet Season
THE rains are here, just not in force like they are in the rest of the Far North according to local amateur weatherman Bob Perry.
Mr Perry, who is the mechanic for all that ails your car north of the Daintree, logs the rainfall every day as a hobby.
According to Mr Perry, so far the Douglas region – and especially the Daintree, had been missing out on the huge downpours happening around the Far North, in a departure from normal weather.
“It’s been dodging us,” but perhaps not for much longer. “January is not usually our wettest month. February and March are usually our wettest months up here in the Daintree. We’ve had lots of rain – peoples tanks are full and everybody’s happy, the creeks are running a bit, but its nowhere near what they’ve copped down there around Babinda.”
While it was a little drier in the Daintree than elsewhere in the Far North, Mr Perry said that overall the start of 2017 was wetter than average so far for his patch of Douglas.
Last year had been dryer than average, with the year topping out at 3261ml, stopping short of the year-on-year average of about 3700ml.
“I thought it was a terribly wet year last year, the winter was so soddy, with little drizzles of rain right all the way through it, it annoyed everybody, but then we ended up a little below average.”
Mr Perry said normally the Daintree could compete with the warring towns of Babinda and Tully in regards to the most rainfall, but the start of 2017 was not boding well so far.
“Some years we’re a lot in front of them, but (last) year we had to concede it gracefully ... the way they’ve started this year it’ll take some catching.”
The shire went some way to making up the difference yesterday, with 78.6ml falling on the Low Isles and 100ml on Tuesday night at Miallo.