CSR in March 2004

Submitted: Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 20:53
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thinking about heading north in march 2004 thru Wiluna and CSR. What do I have to expect in part of weather conditions at that time of the year?
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Reply By: Alex H - Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 21:53

Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 21:53
It will be hot - very hot, and uncomfortable. The sand-dunes will be very dry, powdery and soft. I wouldl eave it until later, late may or june.
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Follow Up By: deepspace - Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 22:08

Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 22:08
Well I assumed it's gonna be hot up there, but do I have to expect still rain in the northern part of it? What about the salt lakes?
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Follow Up By: Alex H - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 21:15

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 21:15
how long is a piece of string? I've done the CSR twice ( and did Wiluna to Well 12 at easter one year) and I've had rain on both trips. While the rain didn't effect the trip, on one occasion the section between Wiluna and Well 6 was impassable and closed, and on the other, htere was a lot of trouble with the more northerly sections - for example thetrack between wells 35 and 36 was underwater, and the detour (20km) took over four hours.

The easter trip is what I'm basing my sand-dune codition estimates on - they were tough, and we never got close to the big ones.

Like Michelle and the other posts say - check conditions before you go.

Hope this helps.
Cheers, Alex.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 13:23

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 13:23
I suggest you wait a few days and see what happens with Cyclone Ken - they are expecting the rain depression to effect the CSR. Typically, rain from the Kimberley and Pilbara regions around Jan/Feb will leave lasting effects on the CSR for some time and typically travel is best left until Easter but you cannot predict any season on the CSR - each has been very different lately. Keep an eye on our WA Road Condition reports for new info as it comes to hand.Regards Michelle,
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Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 14:06
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Reply By: maverick - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 11:33

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004 at 11:33
The last 24hrs has seen all sorts of record breaking rains through the Gascoyne and into the East Murchison and other places. Meekatharra has had bucket loads of rain. Best wait until the week before you go and check to see if it is open. A couple of cyclones and everything will fill up again. The other way is to wait until Aug/Sept - at least that way there is a good chance of it being a bit drier, and cooler. rgds
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