Rain­fall con­tin­ues thanks to La Nina

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Ryan Mathe­son

PARTS of North Queens­land have recorded an av­er­age rain­fall to­tal of more than 100mm a day over the past week, as tor­ren­tial rain con­tin­ues to fall on cy­clone-weary com­mu­ni­ties.

Ing­ham recorded the high­est weekly rain­fall to­tal for the district with a stag­ger­ing 742mm for the seven days t o 9 a m y e s t e r d a y f o l l o w e d b y Bam­ba­roo with 701mm.

The fig­ure is al­most dou­ble the mean March to­tal of 400mm recorded at the Ing­ham Post Of­fice.

Over the same pe­riod, Hal­i­fax re­ceived 686mm, Gair­loch 681mm, Card­well Range 634mm, Lucinda Town­ship 633mm, Hawkins Creek 597mm, Mu­tarnee 593mm, Alling­ham 552mm and Rolling­stone with 504mm.

Fore­cast­ers are blam­ing the La Nina weather pat­tern which formed in au­tumn last year for wet and windy con­di­tions in North Queens­land.

Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy Townsville fore­caster Ju­lian Ro­manik said the con­di­tions were con­tin­u­ing to plague bat­tered ar­eas across the North.

‘‘ The trough associated with the La Nina weather pat­tern is con­tin­u­ing to cre­ate favourable con­di­tions for in­creased rain­fall,’’ he said.

‘‘ The falls have been very coastal and are ex­pected to head fur­ther south.’’

Heavy rain con­tin­ued to fall across the North yes­ter­day adding to road clo­sure chaos along the North Queens- land coast. Rolling­stone topped the charts record­ing 156mm in the 24 hours to 9am yes­ter­day, fol­lowed closely by Gair­loch with 152mm, and Alling­ham and Ing­ham with 146mm.

Lucinda town­ship wasn’t far be­hind with 141mm, Hal­i­fax with 142mm, Card­well Range 127mm, Mu­tarnee 133mm, Bam­ba­roo 100mm, Hawkins Creek 63mm and Townsville with 42mm over the same pe­riod.

Mr Ro­manik said the wet con­di­tions were ex­pected to con­tinue.

‘‘ Un­for­tu­nately we are pre­dict­ing a few more days of wet weather for a lot of the ar­eas that are al­ready soak­ing wet,’’ he said.

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