Sunday, 22 May 2016

Nice weather for ducks

Radjah shelduck (Tadorna radjah) with ducklings
Earlier this week I noticed a heads up from Oz Cyclone Chasers about a possible "North Australian Rain Event", and was looking forward to some decent rains. Our Wet Season was well below average so the region really needed a good drenching, and the weekend has certainly delivered.

Overnight rains were particularly heavy, with Cairns Airport ending up with 118mm in the 24 hours to 9am this morning. Up in Cooktown the 9am total was a whopping 210mm, while Innisfail received 132mm. Rains eased today with Cairns Airport currently reading 12mm since 9am. The rain is set to stay around until Tuesday, with some heavy periods expected. Another 100+mm would be nice to see.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology website, Lake Morris, the main Cairns water supply, was at 82.3% on 18 May. Hopefully will see a bit of an upward spike in the next couple of days..

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