Its been a blessing of an off season for all who live, work and even breathe inland QLD as unseasonable rainfall broke records and brought as much rain to some, as has been seen in the last few years combined. Above image via Jamie Soares of the Channel Country
Through many influences including a significant negative Indian Ocean Dipole, a continuous fetch of moisture being dragged in over QLD off the Coral Sea and repetitive troughs (especially during September), many parts of Southern and Central Inland QLD saw their best rainfall in years. It wasn’t just localised to Inland parts though with Tropical North QLD (specifically between Lucinda and Cape Flattery) recording nearly 2000mm of liquid gold, which somewhat makes up for a below average Summer.
The proof is not only in the numbers, but in the landscape.. with the dry desolate ground which couldn’t even maintain brown grass and home to endless tumbleweeds, now flourishing with vibrancy, colour and life once again!
Amount of Rainfall above average between April and October via BOM
Official recorded Rainfall for QLD through April to October via BOM
What are the numbers though?
Lets start with some areas of the Tropical North.
Innisfail 1594.8mm (average: 1269mm)
Low Isles 735.4mm (average 507.7mm)
South Johnstone 1832.4mm (average: 1129mm)
and Inland QLD?…
Town Name | Recorded Rainfall | Average rainfall | Rain days (average)
Barcaldine Birdsville Blackall Boulia Charleville Cunnamulla Injune Longreach Mitchell Roma St George Tambo Winton
View of the Channel County on September 22nd. Helen Kidd-Dancing Channels; Cooper Creek Flood plain
Mentions must also go out Longreach, Charleville, Boulia for all breaking their September monthly records. Charleville, Barcaldine, Longreach all broke June monthly records and Mitchell had a daily record broken in August while Blackall recorded a June daily record. Some of these records were standing for more than 100 years!
Special mentions also go to those on the Capricornia Coast which endured an East Coast Low bringing more than 500mm of rain down in a 48 hour period. Outside of this though as residents would know, it was very dry.
Its understandable now why so much flooding has been observed through inland parts of QLD, given its not only the exceptional totals which are up to 4 times the long term average for that period of time, but also the shear number of days which didn’t allow for the ground to soak it all up.
Flood Warning across QLD via BOM as of October 1st 2016