Lake Eyre water levels

Would any Lake Eyre experts know what the predictions are on movement of the water levels in Lake Eyre between now and July? ie., are they forecast to rise, remain stable or fall, assuming there is no further heavy rainfall in the Qld and NSW catchments.
Thanks, Poitr
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Reply By: Teraa - Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 21:53

Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 21:53
The Neales and the Mucumba are flash in the pans and the Neales has already steadied off. Evaporation is very high in this district. The Warburton will have a rise but even after this weeks rain it would need further follow up rain in QLD for there to be a significant season this year. I don't know of any river systems in NSW that feed the Lake Eyre Baisin. The Cooper may get to the Lake again, it will need more rain as it is at present only a channel flow. There are no experts just God above who send the rain. The CSIRO are developing Sat. imagery programs to read river systems. BOM is also currently developing more river indacators around the Lake District. Only thing I can suggest is to keep an eye out for rain on the Lakes river systems on BOM you know they are wet. So look for generous rain fall. BOM in QLD has changed the creeks and rivers that feed the Lake under one heading 'Western Rivers'
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 23:55

Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 23:55
the "general" feeling up here is we will get more rain soon and it will most probally go down over that catchment area ..........
It has been wet-ish but not what i would call wet-season rains ... yet ... maybe it is yet to come.
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Follow Up By: Teraa - Friday, Mar 11, 2011 at 20:16

Friday, Mar 11, 2011 at 20:16
Well all good Warburton running should be plenty of water in the Lake for your visit.
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Reply By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Friday, Mar 11, 2011 at 20:26

Friday, Mar 11, 2011 at 20:26
Lyall Oldfield from Marree was quoted on the ABC yesterday saying that it will fill.

From the ABC:
"Lyall Oldfield from Marree has been watching Lake Eyre for most of his life.

He says local rain and Queensland floodwaters will fill the lake.

"There is no shadow of a doubt that Lake Eyre will be full this year," he said."

ABC Story on Lake Eyre

That sounds like a lot of water to me, but Lyall would know more about the area than most people.


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Follow Up By: poitr - Saturday, Mar 12, 2011 at 12:31

Saturday, Mar 12, 2011 at 12:31
Thanks Graeme and Terra. Looks like its well worth the visit mid year.
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Follow Up By: Teraa - Sunday, Mar 13, 2011 at 21:30

Sunday, Mar 13, 2011 at 21:30
I am afraid the levels on the Warburton are not at the levels of '74 there certainly will be water in Lake Eyre and it will have coverage but to say it will fill well it's going to need loads more rain yet like about 10inchs where I am cause in '74 they had 21 inches and so far there has been only 11 and the rain in QLD on the Eyre & Diamantina system still needs more as well. In '74 there was a significant event of 2 cyclones at the same time. Lets hope it's not it can be very destructive for those on the river systems.
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