Easter bunny brings biggest rains to Top EndBy Andrew Thompson, Monday April 1, 2013 - 22:36 EDT
A bumper burst of Easter weather has delivered the Top End's largest amount of rainfall so far this wet season, the Bureau of Meteorology has said.
This season had been unusually dry, but parts of Darwin have received up to 130 millimetres over the past few days.
Senior duty forecaster Sally Cutter said the deluge was felt right across the Top End.
"For the wet season this year, this has probably been our most productive burst as far as rainfall goes," she said.
"Because it's not only the Darwin area that has had the showers and storms, we've had fairly extensive areas of rain and very high rainfall totals right across the Top End."
Ms Cutter said another burst could hit the Top End later this month.
"We do have another Madden-Julian oscillation burst expected to come through ... in the later half of this month," she said.
"So there may be an increase in the shower and storm activity again in the later half of April.
"We just have to see how strong that pulse is and whether it's actually affecting the areas far enough south to have a major impact on the Northern Territory."
© ABC 2013
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