Wet weekend ahead
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