Readers think storm chaser is full of hot air
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.