Wet week­end ahead

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - john. an­der­sen@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

IT’S like Ing­ham and Card­well are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some sort of me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal apoca­lypse.

It’s as though some divine force, in a macabre way, is try­ing to pun­ish them.

First it was a cy­clone that tried to blow Card­well into the wa­ter and now rain, like no one there has seen be­fore, is try­ing to wash it into the ocean. The peo­ple in Card­well and its ad­ja­cent Kennedy and Mur­ray val­leys must be ask­ing, ‘‘ what is it? What have we done?’’

Lo­cals say that the rain has been un­re­lent­ing. The Bur e a u o f M e t e o r o l o g y ’ s weather sta­tion at Card­well was KOd by Cy­clone Yasi on Fe­bru­ary 2-3, but weather man Doug Fraser said a lo­cal r e s i d e n t h a d r e c o r d e d 146mm to 9am yes­ter­day morn­ing and a fur­ther 76mm to 3pm yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, tak­ing the to­tal to 400mm over the past 48 hours.

In Ing­ham, the sit­u­a­tion is eerily sim­i­lar. Af­ter be­ing bat­tered by Yasi, and two years af­ter the ter­ri­ble floods of early 2009, roads have been cut and busi­nesses in­un­dated again.

The fore­cast from the bu­reau is not some­thing that will have Ing­ham and Card­well res­i­dents jump­ing with joy. Mr Fraser said that the mon­soon trough is still in the area. He said it was not show­ing any sign of pack­ing its bags, but a re­duc­tion in the south-east winds that have been feed­ing into the trough TOWNSVILLE res­i­dents are in for a wet and windy week­end.

Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­caster Doug Fraser said patchy rain was ex­pected to­day and to­mor­row and to in­ten­sify on Sun­day and Mon­day.

‘‘ There is an ac­tive mon­soon trough and weak low pres­sure sys­tem over the ocean but there’s a low chance of it be­com­ing a cy­clone,’’ he said.

South-easterly winds are ex­pected to build up around Mackay and the Whit­sun­days on Satur­day and ex­tend north to Townsville on Sun­day and Mon­day.

Max­i­mum Townsville tem­per­a­tures should stay around 29-30C, with min­i­mums at 24-25C.

Ex­tra cloud cover should keep hu­mid­ity high at 90 per cent in the morn­ings and around 80 per cent dur­ing the day.

Mr Fraser said a se­vere weather warn­ing north of Rolling­stone was can­celled yes­ter­day.

24 hour rain­fall to 3pm yes­ter­day: South Mis­sion Beach 401mm; Bingil Bay 280mm; Eu­ramo 238mm; Ing­ham 134mm; Hal­i­fax 98mm; Rolling­stone 96mm; Card­well 79mm; Toomulla 51mm; Townsville 23mm

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