Storms pro­vide wel­come relief

The ar­rival of storm sea­son brings ma­jor rain to Ba­nana’s farm­ers

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - Mackenzie Colahan

DARK clouds filled the skies over Cen­tral Queens­land last week­end, sig­nalling the long-awaited ar­rival of storm sea­son.

No­body an­tic­i­pated such a mirac­u­lous turn­around to the bar­ren con­di­tions of late.

Last month was Aus­tralia’s dri­est Septem­ber on record, but this month is quickly be­com­ing the coun­try’s wettest Oc­to­ber.

The big wet hit the Ba­nana Shire, de­liv­er­ing much-needed rain to lo­cal farm­ers.

Wide­spread storm ac­tiv­ity lashed parts of the re­gion’s south, while patchy rain­fall in the north of the shire meant oth­ers missed out on the mon­ster to­tals.

In the past week, 26mm fell in Biloela, 25mm in Jam­bin, 28mm in Than­g­ool and 21mm in Ba­nana.

Theodore was drenched, reg­is­ter­ing a mam­moth 164mm in three days over the week­end, flood­ing roads to the town’s south and prompt­ing the De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads to close the high­way.

Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy spokesman Adam Blazak said high-in­ten­sity storm cells be­gan in­land be­fore dump­ing sig­nif­i­cant rain­fall on the coastal fringes.

“They were big storms,” he said.

“Pic­ture an imag­i­nary line from Theodore to Glad­stone on the coast.

“Any­where to the south got be­tween 50-100mm over the last week.

“The towns to the north were only in the 10-25mm range.”

A no­table ex­cep­tion was the bu­reau’s Woodleigh sta­tion, roughly 30km south of Moura.

They recorded a whop­ping 113mm on Fri­day night alone.

“Bar­al­aba and those ar­eas were still hit by the storms but it was not as in­tense,” Mr Blazak said.

“It was a re­ally good in­di­ca­tion of how some weather events can pour down in one lo­ca­tion and com­pletely miss a few sta­tions over.”

Fore­cast­ers pre­dict more rain is on the way, with a chance of storms de­vel­op­ing to­day and Sun­day.

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