At last it’s look­ing like a real Wet Sea­son

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

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.

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