Picture from record rainy day
This wet season in Broome will be one for the record books, with record rainfall, two cyclones and low pressure systems battering the Kimberley town — and there are still two months to go.
The town will officially record its wettest February in recorded history at the end of this month, with 557.6mm dumped as of 9am on Monday, surpassing the 495.6mm that fell in 1999.
Broome also broke its record for the most rainfall in a single February day on Saturday, with 370.6mm in the 24 hours to 9am, doubling the previous record of 181.6mm in 1991.
A total of 1473.2mm of rain has fallen in Broome since the beginning of the year.
With more rain forecast into next week, the town is expected to break its annual rainfall record by the end of the month, rapidly approaching the 1496.6mm set in 2000.
Last week’s downpour came about after a low pressure system tracked slowly down the West Kimberley coast, eventually intensifying into tropical cyclone Kelvin offshore near the Kimberley and Pilbara border.
Although Broome was placed on blue alert by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services last Thursday, it was not hit with cyclonic conditions.
However, the deluge cancelled flights, closed roads and caused cars to break down on flooded streets.
As of 10.30am on Monday, Great Northern Highway remained closed to all vehicles between Sandfire and Roebuck Plains Roadhouse, as well as Roebuck to Willare roadhouses.
All unsealed roads in the Shire of Broome remained closed.
Long-term Broome resident and weather enthusiast Tom Harley said he had never seen so much rain during his 30 years in the town.
“We are only halfway through February and already the annual rainfall record for Broome is likely to be broken with 10 months to go,” he said.
“From 1997 to 2000 was very wet, but this wet season has been even bigger.”
Broome Highway was flooded in several sections.
Vehicles drive through a flooded Chinatown.
Pindan flowed into the beach waters at Gantheaume Point.
A very wet Broome to Cape Leveque Road on Friday.
Great Northern Highway, heading towards Sandfire Roadhouse.
Heavy rain and strong winds at Cable Beach on Friday.
Kavite Road remained closed because of the heavy rainfall.