It’s raining statistics across Australia’s flooded states, with some areas receiving more rain in the last three weeks than they usually see during all of spring.
Weatherzone notes that the nation’s second wettest winter on record has overflowed into September, resulting in widespread river flooding through central and eastern states. Major flood warnings are still in place today in southern Queensland, central western New South Wales and western Victoria.
There has been so much rain in recent weeks that some towns are now having one of their wettest springs on record. This is an impressive feat only three weeks into the season.
Bedourie in Queensland’s Channel Country has received 153mm of rain so far this month, following another drenching during the last 24 hours. This is now the town’s wettest September and the third wettest spring on record. In just 21 days weeks, Bedourie has received more than six times the amount of rain they usually see in all of spring.
In New South Wales, Menindee collected 63mm during the 24 hours to 9am today, knocking off an number of records. This was the town’s wettest September day in at least 135 years and it’s now having the wettest September on record, as well as the 14th wettest spring since 1881. Ivanhoe is also have the wettest September on record after receiving another 21mm during the last 24 hours.
Walpeup in Victoria registered 27mm as rain once again spread across the state’s west last night. This is now the town’s second wettest September on record and the wettest spring in five years, with the entire seasonal average already in the gauge.
For South Australia, Coober Pedy’s is having its wettest September and fourth wettest spring on record, with a total of 42mm so far.
The Northern Territory also experienced a burst of dry season thunderstorms during the past week, causing Jabiru is having the wettest September on record and the wettest spring in six years.
Above average sea surface temperatures surrounding most of the country and a negative Indian Ocean Dipole mean that Australia’s wet spring is far from over. Computer models are already indicating that another bout of rain will spread across all flood-affected states and territories in the middle of next week.
Source: Weatherzone, Centre for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere studies
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