Flooding rain in Bundaberg – this February is one of the wettest on record, making it good for cane growers, but not so for vegetable growers.
Flooding rain in Bundaberg – this February is one of the wettest on record, making it good for cane growers, but not so for vegetable growers. Max Fleet

Wet month for Bundaberg

THE heavens opened this month, making it one of the wettest Februaries for the Bundaberg region in 10 years.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported that up until late yesterday afternoon, a total of about 368mm had fallen on the city.

The gauge that measure Bundaberg’s rainfall is at the airport, so it is possible heavier falls that were not officially recorded fell elsewhere in the district.

The bureau used to have rain gauges at the Bundaberg Post Office and in Childers, but those were removed in 1990 and 2003 respectively.

In February, 2008, a total of 404.8mm was recorded during a time there were floods across the district, and in February, 2003, 421.4mm fell. But February, 2002 was a rain disaster, with only 28.8mm recorded.

But the abundant rain this year has not been all good news for the district.

While cane growers, who are now enjoying a high price for their product, were celebrating as they watched the rain fall, fruit and vegetable growers were not so happy.

Many, such as mango and sweet potato producers, could only sit back and watch their crops rot because they were unable to harvest.

Even though this February is the third wettest in the past 10 years, there are still three days in the month left for it to haul itself into the big league.

But with the Bureau of Meteorology listing the average rainfall in February as 160mm, February, 2010 is still boasting more than twice that.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Ben Annells was yesterday predicting showers for the next week.

He said south-easterly winds were pushing moist air onshore, bringing showers.

Showers were expected this morning, with tomorrow and Sunday looking likely to have showers mostly in the afternoons.

Mr Annells said the showers were expected to last another five to seven days, with today’s expected to be light and then increasing after that.

He accepted that heavier falls could occur away from the official rain gauge, but he said there was always going to be some variation across a region.

“We see that in Brisbane quite a bit, and across the Gold and Sunshine coasts,” he said.

“Many of our observation posts are at airports because that’s what we do the observations for,” he said.

“With automation, that’s even more the case.”

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather information for Bundaberg.

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