Extraordinary weather across the region

By Peter Nelson on January 03, 2017
  • Extraordinary weather across the region

    A daily fall of 108 mms at Warrenbayne was a new record for December in 120 years.

Yesterday a daily fall of 108 mms at Warrenbayne was a new record for December in 120 years of records and overall there was only one wetter day at Warrenbayne a fall of 125 mms on 4th October 1993. 

At Mt Hotham 158 mms fell and this was the wettest December day in 91 years of records.

There was only one wetter day overall, a reading of 274 mms on 16th May 1974.

These heavy rainfalls were very localized and many places had less than 15 mms.

In the Red Centre of Australia, Walungurru, (Kintore) 300 kms west of Alice Springs recorded a record daily rainfall of 231 mms on Christmas Day. 

This was an all time record daily fall within a 600 kms radius of Alice Springs in the last 140 years.

The 3 day total rainfall of 331 mms was easily a record in the red Centre.

Broome which had it's wettest December in 122 years of record also recorded it's warmest year on record, just pipping the 1988 and 2010 record for the warmest year. 

Darwin also had it's warmest year on record and the wettest September to December there since 2010. 

Both places with these anomalies are an indication that 2017 will be a wetter than average year in our regions. 

The crazy weather events could be blamed on that trouble spot in the Indian Ocean where Christmas Island was swamped by 5119 mms rainfall this year, nearly three times the annual average and 1600 mms above the previous wettest year on record at Christmas Island.

By Peter Nelson on January 03, 2017

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