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Red Centre rainfall whets appetite for more

Caddie Brain, Tuesday May 21, 2013 - 17:25 EST
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Waterfalls run off all sides of Uluru with 42 mm of rain recorded at Yulara. - Audience submitted
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Water on Curtin Springs Station in the Northern Territory after 61mm of rain. - Audience submitted

Cattle stations south of Alice Springs are reporting large rainfalls on their properties.

The weather bureau says it's been the wettest May in nine years for southern parts of the Northern Territory.

And it's raining at the Rock, with over 42 millimetres of rain recorded at Yulara over the last 24 hours.

Julie Channer from the Ayres Rock Campground says it caused a lot of excitement among the tourists.

"It had a very eerie feel and it was foggy over the top," she said.

"There's lots of grooves in the rock so there was lots and lots of waterfalls running off it everywhere.

"I feel very privileged to have been there to witness that."





Curtin Springs Station has had 61 mm and Mulga Park Station is reporting 42 mm in the gauge.

John Stanes, from Lyndavale Station, about 350 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs, says the 53 mm he got is a big relief.

"We've got heaps of rain." he said.

"Looking outside there's still very low cloud but there's just sheets of water lying everywhere, it's absolutely beautiful.

"It's still hanging around too, it's still drizzling light so we just about need our rubber boots on here!"

John Stanes, who musters cattle using water traps says the rain will put his mustering schedule back a month.

"There's lots of claypan water and that's not going to dry up in a hurry with the cool weather coming on," he said.

"So that will hold us back by at least four weeks."

More rain is expected for Central Australia and .

The Tanami Road, Mulga Park Road, Finke Road, Kintore Road and others are closed due to flooding.


- ABC

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