Rain on way ac­cord­ing to lead ex­pert

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

ME­TE­O­ROL­O­GIST Pro­fes­sor Roger Stone from the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Queens­land is fore­cast­ing an above av­er­age wet sea­son.

There is a La Nina sys­tem de­vel­op­ing in the Pa­cific which is good news for Queens­land.

Pro­fes­sor Stone ad­vises the United Na­tions and oth­ers about weather and next week he will visit Rich­mond and Clon­curry to talk about cli­mate.

Nor­mally he is cir­cum­spect when talk­ing to the me­dia. Yes­ter­day he said it looked pos­i­tive for peo­ple in the north­ern part of Queens­land.

“It looks like a fairly ac­tive wet sea­son and it could start early,” he said.

In fact there could be some rain around next week. Pro­fes­sor Stone said he hoped the rain would hold off un­til the sugar har­vest­ing sea­son fin­ished along the coast.

“We have some of the char­ac­ter of La Nina ( usu­ally means rain for Aus­tralia) de­vel­op­ing in the Pa­cific,” he said.

“The La Nina usu­ally de­vel­ops in au­tumn, not in the spring. But the United States has de­clared a La Nina watch in the Pa­cific. It means a de­crease in rain for US but an in­crease for here,” he said.

The Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy says La Nina ( the girl child) typ­i­cally means in­creased rain­fall and ear­lier mon­soon on­set. It’s op­po­site the El Nino ( the boy child) usu­ally means re­duced rain­fall, warmer tem­per­a­tures and late mon­soonal on­set.

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