Lake Eyre

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 16:26
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With all the rain we have had is there any chance Lake Eyre will receive some water in the following weeks?I am told the place is unbelievable when it has water in it.I for one will go up and have a look.Thanks
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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 17:02

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 17:02
Yep, it is brilliant when full.... Like this.. Kevin



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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 17:32

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 17:32
As a well know Richie would say: "Maaaarvellous".

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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 19:35

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 19:35
Me too? :)



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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 19:40

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 19:40
Or this one, taken through the window of an F28 Fokker Friendship on the way between Adelaide and Alice Springs in 1974, the year of the BIG wet.



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Follow Up By: Member - tommo05 - Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 20:34

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 20:34
Another brilliant photo Peter. I can't beat that but while we're showing off our photos, from 2011:

The white dots are pelicans:

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Follow Up By: Zippo - Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 22:46

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 22:46
Peter, a minor nitpick (for the record). The Friendship was the F-27 (later F-50) while the F-28 (later F-100) was the Fellowship.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 23:11

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 23:11
Mmmm....maybe it was an F27?
I recall that the aircraft was only about 1/4 full and we went up to the cockpit. The pilot took it off auto pilot and sat our daughter on his lap. All went smoothly until she suddenly decided to find out what the control column actually did ........ and there was a lot of spilt coffee down the back......



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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 13:53

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 13:53
ive got an amazing story about those pelicans in your photo
- I cant remember the year as i was young but it was about 1979?

but lake eyre was well and truly drying up and those pelicans were heading to the coast

they descended absalutly en masse onto our little town wudinna as it has 2 big ovals the town oval and school oval almost side by side
and they landed there for a rest in the most freakish natural event ive ever seen

they quickly headed off again and were all gone in about 3 days with the last straggler gone

oh whoops I see the pic with the pelicans was 2011 but same thing regardless
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Follow Up By: Member - tommo05 - Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 16:06

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 at 16:06
Haha yep my pictures are from 2011, but bloody great story nonetheless.

It never ceases to amaze me how the birds know when there is water there.

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Reply By: rocco2010 - Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 17:11

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 17:11
Gidday

Keep an eye on the Lake Eyre Yacht Club site. Report the other day was promising with rain in the western catchment.

But more rain will be needed to ensure water in the lake in the peak travelling season as it evaporates pretty quickly this time of year.


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Reply By: Ron N - Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 17:20

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 17:20
Stuart, I doubt whether we will see any substantial amount of water in Lake Eyre from this rain event.
It may collect a shallow depth of water, but the major requirement for Lake Eyre to fill is a substantial rainfall event over inland QLD, and particularly the Georgina and Diamantina Rivers, and Coopers Creek, catchment basins.
That event hasn't happened, with very little rain being recorded through the Channel Country and the QLD interior.
Birdsville has recorded around 45mm over the last 3 days, but that's the only decent rainfall recorded recently around inland QLD.
So much of the country surrounding Lake Eyre is so dry, it will take a lot more rain than what has occurred recently to get creeks and rivers to flood substantially.

Lake Eyre catchment basin

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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 13:09

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 13:09
As Ron says Stuart.

Absolutely nothing like being there of course (far better in some ways, not even close in others) but the ABC Shoppe has the Lake Eyre/Kati Thanda double DVD (Lake Eyre - Australia’s Outback Wonder; Return to Lake Eyre - The Deluge) on special atm for a bee's dick under a lobster. Received it from Santa but lo and behold our newish blu-ray player has since gone on strike and will only do sound.

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Reply By: Bazooka - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 13:12

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 13:12
Just found this Stuart. Might be helpful.

http://www.lakeeyreyc.com/Status/latest.html
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Reply By: Ron N - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 13:23

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 13:23
Trevor Wright of Wrights Aviation has supplied a couple of pics to the ABC showing some water running into the Lake - but really, it's only a trickle compared to what is needed to fill it.

Stepdaughter works out of Moomba and all around the gasfields region of NE South Australia.
She reckons she's just about had a gutful of constantly seeing dying, starving stock, seeing dingoes pull down weak swans, seeing the constant drought effects, everywhere she has been working.
She reckons she'll be glad to see the country start to come back to life, and I'll wager all the pastoralists will be, too.



Lake Eyre entrance - water flowing in

Outback roads possibly closed for weeks following heavy rain

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 14:53

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 14:53
Stuart,

As others have said, there'll need to be heaps more rain from the north inflow, to make any mark on the Lake's capacity.

There's been runs in the Thomson/Cooper, Georgina and Diamantina, but nothing significant as yet. Don't forget Goyder's Lagoon is a huge area ready to gobble up any early flows from Eyre Ck and the Diamantina.

Cowarie Station, just north of Lake Eyre, has recently had 80mm of rain, but as it has been dry, for so long, I'd suggest most of this will barely settle the dust, or fill up many cracks in the channels.

Tell Gunny to be patient, maybe next year?

Bob

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Follow Up By: Ron N - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 20:30

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 20:30
There could be more heavy follow-up rains of this type soon, Bob, through the Centre.
Once a pattern for the season sets up, it usually follows through for the season, or a few months at least.
Seems like the cyclones are non-existent in the West this season - they've been replaced by these big moisture-laden low pressure systems heading from the Mitchell Plateau/Kimberley region right down through the Centre to Victoria.

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Follow Up By: Slow one - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 20:52

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 20:52
Bob,
for all the people in your area I hope you receive much more rain. I know you have had some decent falls but your area will need at least another 200mm to break even.

As you said not enough rain to start flows in the Hamilton, Burke, Mort or the Diamantina to start flows from up your way.

May your tanks overflow and your town bores stop smelling LOL. Well thats never going to change.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 22:13

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 22:13
Certainly hope you're right, Ron.

To put an appreciable amount into the Lake, will still need the assistance of the 3 major streams, out of Qld. Did 2 trips to Barkly homestead this week, and the area around Avon/Soudan would be the wettest for some years.......a great start.

We had about 60 mm or so in Winton last week, and the Diamantina has been running, but not yet to an useful flood height.

Not sure what they've been doing in Longreach district, but they need to get their act together if Gunny's even going to see water in the Lake NEXT year. Poor buggers barely got 20 mm out of last weeks falls.

Slow,

Hey, hey, our bore water doesn't smell..........well not as bad as the old bores did. :-)

Bit of a run in the Hamilton last week, the Boulia road was closed for a few days. If we can get some of this Kimberley rain to divert down the Landsborough Highway, we'll all be laughing......and it'll be too wet for me to go to work. Bewdy!

All best for 2015, Gents,

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Reply By: Ron N - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 13:24

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 13:24
On a slightly different tack - all you red-meat eaters had better fill the freezer!

Cattle prices have gone ballistic overnight, as all the pastoralists in the former drought zones, now scramble to restock.

The days of $20 kg scotch fillet (as we got on special in Coles at Miami One in August - and it was magnificent!) will be a thing of the past now.

Cattle prices soar after rain - ABC

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Reply By: Member - VickiW - Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 15:15

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 15:15
Lake Frome is getting plenty of water now. We went out over it yesterday to have a look (please excuse the crooked horizons!).

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