This years Wet is a big one

Submitted: Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 21:58
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For those planning trips to the Top End and Kimberley these maps from the BoM may be of interest. March rainfall has been at record breaking levels on top of a well above average rainfall since Oct 1st. See maps below by copying the address then pasting it into your address bar.
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And the second one.
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Perhaps Anne from Drysdale Station might like to comment. Cheers





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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 22:12

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 22:12
Thats very interesting that, good one.....but what's the big white patch over the west Simpson ......Snow
Wonder if they have one for temperatures ,

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Reply By: Member - Nick (Kununurra) - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 22:58

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 22:58
Wyndham had record rains last month and here in Kununurra we had the biggest floods since 1968.Had a call out down near Turkey Creek today and there is still water over the highway,hasnt rained for nearly a week now.
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 15:59

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 15:59
Nick I will be flying into Kununurra on July 28 and doing a trip with peter of the Kimberly.
Peter has been working at El questro and mentioned the other day he has never seen rain like it.

All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick (Kununurra) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 20:49

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 20:49
Gday Eric,yeah it was a great time to be here,maybe a once in a life time experience.May see you about.
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Reply By: austinrunner - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 03:23

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 03:23
You can find the northern wet season rainfall decile map here. (Hope I posted the link correctly....)
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 09:07

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 09:07
I keep doing these WA desert trips and each time I do , the place is in bloom and there is water everywhere . What's going on ?
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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 09:49

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 09:49
I'm heading from Karatha to Darwin in 1 weeks time for a 2 week holiday - I hope.... Over the past few weeks every road I need to go on has been closed at some stage. Fingers crossed.
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Reply By: Anne from Drysdale River Station - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 22:40

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 22:40
Hi all,
Yes it is a big wet out here as well but remember that these places are hundreds of km's apart and this time Wyndham & even Kununurra copped much more than normal. That big low that became the cyclone just sat almost over them for days.
For March 06 we had 382 mm but in Feb 1979 for example we had 549 mm, in March 2000 we had 449 mm. All depends where it falls from each low that brings the heavy rain.
Talking about rain one place in the Kimberley compared to another is sometimes like talking about weather in Sydney compared to say Canberra.
We got a lot over the whole month but as we only got the edge of that low we didn't get any massive falls that were way way above normal.
But yes the overall total is high this year and after the half job we got last wet season the country needed it as well.
I gather that some places down the road towards Derby have more than normal also. It rained here again last night, only another 30 mm but what happens with the road etc depends on how long it keeps doing that for. Did you notice all the activity still happening up over the Territory, we may end up with some of that down here yet as well.
The radar shows big rain up round Timber Creek tonight.
I gave up years back trying to guess dates when this road will open !!!!
Always end up being wrong, so now we just accept the fact that it will most likely be between the start of April and the end of May most years. One year it was the 9 th June and none of us need that to happen again.
cheers, Anne
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