Kate Arkell and Sarsha Pincini dash for cover from the rain.
Kate Arkell and Sarsha Pincini dash for cover from the rain. Scottie Simmonds

Rain washes out records

IT was nearly a record-breaking wet spell for Bundaberg last month — just one heavy downpour could have made it the wettest September on the books.

The region soaked up 129.8mm in the four weeks to Thursday, more than three-and-a-half times the average rainfall, while September 1996 saw a massive 146.6mm.

Monto’s rainfall has smashed its records — 124mm up from the previous top of 91.9mm — and Gayndah had the highest rainfall since 1881, with 191mm.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Bryan Rolstone said a La Nina weather pattern was to blame, sending bands of rain clouds from the Northern Territory and north Western Australia down the Queensland coast.

“It’s fairly rare to have that much rainfall in September, as normally this time of year it’s minimal,” Mr Rolstone said yesterday.

“But we did have a wet episode similar to this in the 1930s, and in the late 1800s.”

Although the sun did come out towards the end of this week, Mr Rolstone advised people not to put away their umbrellas just yet, because there was more rain to come.

“It looks like the rest of spring and the start of summer will have a higher than average rainfall for most of Queensland, with lots of thunderstorms and showers,” he said.

While minimum temperatures are expected to be a few degrees higher than average, Mr Rolstone said the days would not be scorching.

“There will be some hotter days, but not as many because of the wet summer we are expecting,” he said.

He said the weather pattern also suggested there was a greater risk of cyclones throughout the summer.

“They’re likely to form in the Coral Sea and stay mostly around the tropical belt, but there is the possibility of one or two coming further down the coast,” Mr Rolstone said.

Rainfall totals for September

Bundaberg

129.8mm

Gayndah

191mm

Monto

124mm

Seventeen Seventy

143.2mm



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