Record breaking rainfall

AREAS of the Fraser Coast received unusually heavy rains earlier this week, with rainfalls in Gayndah breaking a 129-year record.

Weatherzone meteorologist Martin Palmer said the rainfall for the 24-hour period ending 9am yesterday was unusual.

He said Hervey Bay saw a rainfall of 83mm, the heaviest 24-hour rainfall for September in more than 10 years.

Maryborough received more than its average monthly rainfall in 24 hours, the heaviest for a September day since 1985.

Further inland, towns in the area were inundated with water in more welcome relief for farmers still recovering from severe drought.

Areas seeing heavy rainfalls included Gundiah (70mm), Maryborough (51mm), Childers (50mm) and Biggenden (36mm).

Gayndah received 65mm, the third-highest 24-hour September rainfall on record.

This pushed the month-long rainfall up to 183mm, breaking the previous record of 141mm from 1881.

Mr Palmer said the long-term forecast was for a rainy season.

“We’re looking at above-average rainfall for the next several months, basically until at least early 2011,” he said.

“It doesn’t mean we’re going to get complete drenchings every few weeks, but it is looking wetter than normal.”

He said the current rain would ease over the weekend, before beginning again later next week, although not to the same levels as the region saw earlier this week.

Local rainfall

Hervey Bay (83mm)

Maryborough (51mm)

Biggenden (36mm)

Gayndah (65mm)



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