Rainfall continues thanks to La Nina
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.