MOST of northern Australia experienced an active monsoon period, with widespread rain, thunderstorms and flooding. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie brought heavy rainfall and major flooding in Northern Territory and northern Western Australia.
Weekly totals greater than 100mm were recorded in large parts of the Kimberley and Northern Interior districts in WA, NT’s Lasseter, Tanami and Daly districts, and most of northern Queensland.
Within these there were regions that received more than 200mm for the week, while the area around Broome and pockets of Far North Queensland received more than 300mm.
The highest weekly total at a Bureau gauge of 526mm was recorded at Broome Airport, WA; the highest daily total this week was 282mm at Country Downs, WA, to 9am on January 4.
Weekly totals of more than 50mm were recorded in large parts of northern Australia and in pockets along the east coast.
Major flooding continued across the Murray-Darling Basin.
Peak water flows have passed the South Australian border, causing major floods in SA.
Moderate and major flooding is occurring in parts of northern WA, the NT and western Queensland.