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Weekly rainfall update + rainfall outlook 20 Feb 2024

Grain Central, February 21, 2024

TROPICAL low 07U embedded into a monsoon trough developed over the Top End of the Northern Territory at the beginning of the week; it moved eastwards across the Top End, along the monsoon trough reaching the Gulf of Carpentaria and bringing heavy rainfall to much of the Gulf coast and parts of northern Queensland during the week.

Tropical low 07U strengthened into a Category 1 system, Tropical Cyclone Lincoln, and made landfall on the evening of 16 February just west of the NT-Qld border.

Weekly rainfall totals greater than 150mm were recorded in an area west of the Top End and its central areas, along the south coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, and in areas of northern Qld; within these areas there were isolated rainfall totals exceeding 300mm.

Weekly rainfall totals of 100-150mm were recorded in Qld’s central and western areas and isolated pockets along the east coast, the Top End, and the coastal border of Western Australia and the NT.

The highest weekly rainfall total was 460mm at Centre Island, NT.

The highest daily rainfall total during the week was 241mm at Bingil Bay, Qld, in the 24 hours to 9am on February 17.

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