Near a month’s worth of rain­fall in one week

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS WELCOME - Liana Walker Liana.Walker@bor­der­post.com.au

STAN­THORPE has re­ceived al­most a month’s worth of rain over the past week, with threats of se­vere storms loom­ing for the next few days.

The Les­lie Pde rain gauge recorded 59mm over the past seven days, only 9mm off the Oc­to­ber av­er­age of 68mm.

Stan­thorpe in to­tal recorded 71mm with Ap­plethorpe re­ceiv­ing the sec­ond high­est rain­fall of 60mm, the ma­jor­ity fall­ing last Thurs­day night and Fri­day morn­ing.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Gor­don Banks said a series of un­sta­ble lower lev­els and up­per troughs had prime con­di­tions to turn into se­vere storms.

“It means clouds can grow to great heights and they can grow big enough to grow into thun­der storms... big enough for large rain­fall, large hail stones or fast wind gusts.”

Storm warn­ings have been in place on and off for the Gran­ite Belt since Mon­day, how­ever the area has missed out on any storms so far.

The low­est re­ported Oc­to­ber rain­fall was 5.9mm in 1900. The high­est was 238mm in 1972.

A south-east­erly change to­day will see max­i­mum tem­per­a­tures drop over the next few days, with Satur­day pre­dicted to be the cold­est day this month.

Wed­nes­day had a high of 27 – the hottest day in Oc­to­ber so far – whereas to­day is pre­dicted to reach just 16 de­grees.

“This time of year we tend not to get such a change,” Mr Banks said.

“To lose 11 de­grees in one day is quite a lot.”

Look­ing for­ward, Fri­day and Satur­day are pre­dicted to be over­cast and driz­zling, reach­ing max­i­mums of 14 and 13 de­grees re­spec­tively.

Tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to warm back up on Sun­day with show­ers eas­ing.

The low­est Oc­to­ber max­i­mum on record was 10.7 in 1959.

To lose 11 de­grees in one day is quite a lot.

— Gor­don Banks,Me­te­o­rol­o­gist

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