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Two months of rain falls in one night

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Amy Remeikis

A deep low pressure system stationed over inland Queensland dumped two months worth of rain.

A deep low pressure system stationed over inland Queensland dumped two months worth of rain. Photo: Glenn Hunt

They said it would rain, and rain it did.

Queensland, particularly its coastal regions, received about two months worth of rain in one night on Saturday, as a low pressure system made its way out to shore.

August, traditionally one of the driest months of the year, with an average rainfall of 10-15 mm, turned it on for the last weekend of Ekka, with showers of between 40 and 60 mm falling across much of the state’s eastern seaboard.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist, Pradeep Singh, said the forecast proved accurate.

“We’ve been talking about it since Monday or Tuesday last week, so it did well,” he said.

With three-quarters of the state in drought, many were hoping the unseasonable rain would help ease the dry conditions.  While not drought-breaking, it did help – Cunnamulla, a small town in south west Queensland broke its previous August rain record of 47.5mm, set in 1954, with a 58.2mm fall.  Charleville received 52mm, the most August rain since 45.8mm fell in 1993.

The south east also received a drenching – Carbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland received 107mm, with Mount Cotton hitting 94 mm.  Mount Gravatt recorded 69mm and Holland Park not far behind it with 64 mm.  Rainbow Beach, just north of the Sunshine Coast saw 93mm, further north, at Hervey Bay, 63 mm fell.

Mr Singh said a few showers would occur on Thursday, but “it’s nothing special, 5mm at most”, before sunshine and clear blue skies return in time for the weekend. Temperatures for the week are expected to hover around the 24 degree mark.

11 comments so far

  • Most important of all, the regional areas that feed the coastal tribes received, on average, a fraction of that reported, the majority are expected to be content to continue playing a zero sum game for peanuts.

    Commenter
    Geronimo
    Location
    Yippee Yi Yo
    Date and time
    August 17, 2014, 12:06PM
    • Good comment Geronimo. On top of that it will take for those who have received rain to recover as well. But it was nice anyway.

      Commenter
      Pollyho
      Date and time
      August 17, 2014, 12:23PM
    • Geronimo! Where is Yippee Yi Yo by the way? Is that somewhere near Whoop Whoop where we live?

      Commenter
      Pollyho
      Date and time
      August 17, 2014, 12:25PM
    • could you please translate your comment into something resembling english?

      Commenter
      janeygotagun
      Date and time
      August 17, 2014, 3:29PM
    • +1 You don't want to frighten the tribes though Geronimo. They're already hungry. If they think that they're going to go thirsty, all hell will break loose.

      Commenter
      PaxUs
      Location
      Austerelia
      Date and time
      August 17, 2014, 5:31PM
  • It was the previous Labor government that stoleded the rains.

    Mr Newman will have the press tell you that he invented the rain we had over the weekend.

    Commenter
    Ray Wilkie
    Location
    Mt Cootha
    Date and time
    August 17, 2014, 5:07PM
    • +1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1++1+1+1+1+1

      Commenter
      Scotty
      Date and time
      August 18, 2014, 9:58AM
  • Carbrook is not in the Gold Coast Hinterland. It's actually between Cornubia and Redland Bay.

    Commenter
    Cookie
    Location
    Carbrook
    Date and time
    August 17, 2014, 6:55PM
    • The prosecution rests.

      Commenter
      Geronimo
      Location
      Yippee Yi Yo
      Date and time
      August 17, 2014, 7:24PM
      • Well we were very thankful for the 40+ mm we received overnight on the coast and hoped that it did go west. I couldn't believe it when at mid-morning I noticed that our dry "lawn", brownish green yesterday, was a bright green today, amazing from one good lot of rain.
        However, out west they will need a hell of a lot more for their crops.

        Commenter
        Ollie
        Location
        near Bundaberg
        Date and time
        August 18, 2014, 2:27AM

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