Fraser Island and some areas in the northern parts of Townsville bore the brunt of the rainfall overnight with the rain gauge recording above 120mm in various parts, though the system traveled off to the sea this morning.
The heavy rains flooded the Gascoyne River to a maximum of 7.07 metres at around 8:15pm on Saturday, coming short of the unprecedented 2010 floods that swelled the river to about 7.7 metres.
The forecast severe thunderstorms are expected to deliver heavy falls that could cause flash flooding in parts spanning Canberra to Walgett in the northern NSW.
The super storms and wet weather conditions are set to linger on till Wednesday morning, with huge swells gulping up beaches including the popular Main Beach on Byron Bay.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), the weather event is set to deliver more rainfall to Australia, generating perfect mating weather conditions for crocodiles.
Since La Niña’s announcement a fortnight ago, widespread showers have been recorded and it seems we have to start getting used to flooding, as suggested in the BOM’s October—April outlook.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a warning that the expected showers could cause flash flooding in the state’s central and western parts on Wednesday and within the northeast ranges on Thursday morning.
La Niña is a phenomenon in the atmosphere that’s triggered by strong winds over the oceanic waters around the equator like the Pacific Ocean that stirs up frosty waters thereby causing sharp shifts during on-land weather conditions.
If your home or property bears significant damage such as flooding, ripped off roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.
Well, Dr Benger noted that it was too early and quite challenging to predict and that the Bureau’s announcement does not guarantee that the Australian region will hit La Nina’s thresholds in this year.