7-day weather event drenches the south­west

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - JORJA MCDON­NELL jorja.mcdon­[email protected]­ern­starnews.com

FOR MOST peo­ple in the west, the be­gin­ning of this month marked the first time since April since their prop­er­ties had seen any sig­nif­i­cant rain.

A taste of the wet stuff was wel­come as two weather sys­tems cre­ated the per­fect storm, but falls were var­ied across the vast ex­panse of the re­gion, with max­i­mum to­tals ring­ing in past the 100mm mark, others only record­ing 2.2mm, and some re­ceiv­ing dust storms in the mid­dle of it all.

IN towns all around the south­west, see­ing rain in the gauges last week was noth­ing short of mirac­u­lous. For many lo­ca­tions, Wednesday was the first time in months that res­i­dents had seen any fall, and it was all thanks to two weather sys­tems which col­lided in a per­fect storm. A sur­face trough in chan­nel county, com­bined with a layer of warm moist air be­ing chan­nelled down by an up­per trough fed in to show­ers and storms which drenched Black­all, Tambo and Quilpie – falls were recorded at the 107mm mark in Black­all town by the end of the rain event. More of the south­west got a taste of the good stuff over the week­end, with rain fi­nally reach­ing St Ge­orge, Roma, Thar­go­min­dah and Bol­lon – with the lat­ter two also be­ing rav­aged by dust storms. The sec­ond weather sys­tem was wel­come re­lief, even though Queens­land only saw a small frac­tion of it, ac­cord­ing to the Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy. “We had a re­ally strong weather sys­tem move through south­east Aus­tralia over the week­end, and that ex­tended through into south western parts of Queens­land,” me­te­o­rol­o­gist Dean Nar­ramore said. “Now the ma­jor­ity of that rain fell over Vic­to­ria and New South Wales … but we saw that won­der­ful event bring heaps of wel­come rain to much of the west. “Down near Thar­go­min­dah we saw about two or three mil­lime­tres, and then un­for­tu­nately a big dust storm on the wind change that moved through the south­west­ern part of Queens­land.” Mov­ing for­ward, it looks as though the re­gion won’t see much more of the wet stuff. “Un­for­tu­nately the weather sys­tem fin­ished up on Mon­day, and we have a hot and sunny week on the way.” Mr Nar­ramore said. “A hot north­west­erly will re­turn and we will see the heat re­turn in to the high 30s and pos­si­bly 40 de­grees, par­tic­u­larly as we move in to the mid­dle and later part of the week.”

Photo: Jus­tine Campbell

24mm of rain was enough to get the kids ex­cited (and very muddy) in Cun­na­mulla.

BIG STORMS: Black­all recorded some of the high­est rain­fall in the south­west last week, and was at the epi­cen­tre of some mas­sive storms. Pic­ture: Rod­ney Johns

Pic­ture: He­len Aspinall

Black­all town cen­tre re­ceived a num­ber of heavy down­pours.

Pic­ture: Quilpie Shire Coun­cil

Johnathan Thurston brought the rain to Quilpie.

Pic­ture: Jus­tine Campbell

24mm of rain got the kids ex­cited in Cun­na­mulla.

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