NT Top End copping a drenchingBen McBurney, Wednesday March 27, 2013 - 12:43 EDT
The Northern Territory's Top End has received a soaking over the past
few days, and is likely to pick up much more.
After lingering north of the Australian tropics for much of the wet
season, the monsoon trough has finally returned, bringing with it
heavy showers and storms.
Over the past three days, some parts of the Top End have seen their
heaviest rain all wet season. There have been widespread totals over
100mm, with falls in excess of 150mm in Arnhem Land. Locations such as
Gove, North East Island and Groote Eylandt have also all seen their
heaviest three day totals since 2011.
The Top End looks likely to receive further heavy rainfall as the
monsoon trough deepens and a low develops. This low is expected to
move southwest towards the western Top End over the next few days,
with Darwin and surrounds likely to pick up heavier totals than they
have seen across the last few days.
For those closest to the low, winds are likely to become fresh to
strong and gusty, with rainfall totals in excess of 200mm possible.
While the low is expected to move west away from the Top End and decay
by the weekend, the monsoon trough is likely to linger over the
region, continuing to generate showers and storms into next week. The
low is currently regarded only a low risk of becoming a tropical
© Weatherzone 2013
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