Rain and storms soak NT and QLDDrew Casper-Richardson, Sunday December 23, 2012 - 11:31 EDT
Storms have brought heavy rain and strong winds to the Top End and parts of Queensland.
From Saturday afternoon a broad trough triggered widespread rain and storms across upper parts of the Northern Territory and Queensland. For some these rains were the heaviest in a year.
In the Darwin-Daly district, Jabiru recorded 70mm which was their highest since December last year. Darwin itself picked up 51mm including 9mm in just ten minutes. Point Stuart had 7mm in ten minutes with a total of 59mm. For both sites it was the highest rainfall since March. The highest rainfall rate was recorded by Warruwi in Arnhem with a whopping 13mm in ten minutes. In total 58mm fell in the gauge, making it their highest total since December 2011.
Across the border in Queensland a large storm fired up early on Sunday morning over Gulf Country. The highest total was at Kowanyama with 55mm including 9mm in ten minutes. Elsewhere in the state the wind was the main feature. At Ballera a storm swept through during the afternoon bringing a wind gust of 102km/h. This is strong enough to cause damage and was the strongest wind recorded there since February 2011.
The trough responsible will linger over the area in the coming days will bring the chance of further heavy falls. The same areas could pick up 25-45mm on Monday with isolated falls of 80mm possible. Tuesday should see slightly less, with widespread falls of 5-15mm likely, however some areas could still see a further 50mm.
© Weatherzone 2012
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