Read­ers think storm chaser is full of hot air

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

YOU have spo­ken: Ex­actly 78% of par­tic­i­pants in an on­line poll con­ducted by the

Whit­sun­day Times last week said they didn’t ex­pect any wild weather last week­end.

This ex­pec­ta­tion came af­ter Hig­gins Storm Chas­ing pre­dicted a su­per cell would hit the Whit­sun­day coast last Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The pre­dic­tion was coun­tered by the Bureau of Metrol­ogy, which fore­cast just 1–5mm of pre­cip­i­ta­tion.

Al­though it seems Jeff Hig­gins Storm Chas­ing did bet­ter at pre­dict­ing wild weather fur­ther south, his su­per cell pre­dic­tion that in­cluded warn­ings of “dam­ag­ing winds”, flash flood­ing and heavy rain to 100mm turned out to be a su­per dud. It is clear Whit­sun­day

Times read­ers trust the Bureau of Metrol­ogy over Hig­gins Storm Chas­ing.

This week­end, the bureau is pre­dict­ing a 90% chance of rain to­day that will in­crease to 95% on Fri­day and Satur­day and fall to 80% on Sun­day.

Storms are also likely, with winds from the east to south­east­erly from 15–25kmh pre­dicted on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Mr Hig­gins on his Face­book page said the heat and hu­mid­ity in Queens­land had been “ab­so­lutely shock­ing” dur­ing the past week.

He agreed with the bureau’s lat­est fore­cast, ex­pect­ing most of coastal north Queens­land to have a “chance of storms”.

Such rain is needed to make up for the Jan­uary short­fall.

Rain­fall at Hamil­ton Is­land and Proser­pine last month was well short of the mean av­er­age.

At Proser­pine Air­port, 155.2mm was recorded – much lower than the 292.7mm mean av­er­age for Jan­uary.

Like­wise, the Jan­uary rain­fall of 139mm was well short of the 252.5mm mean av­er­age at Hamil­ton Is­land.

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