December wet set to continue
ONLY one week into December the Gympie region is already matching the monthly average rainfall with three weeks to go and more rain forecast.
Gympie was one of the areas that received the heaviest falls, receiving 70mm on Sunday afternoon in a storm.
“It’s looking like old times,” Mooloo weather watcher Alex Miles said about the recent widespread rainfalls.
“We needed it and we could do with a bit more.”
Mr Miles said that he has recorded more than 100mm since December 1.
The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 35mm of rain for Rainbow Beach, however resident Alain Hendersen yesterday said he thought it was more like 50mm in some areas.
“We’ve had patchy rain and it poured this morning but we’ve not had the falls we usually get; we’ve not had the falls Gympie has,” he said.
Imbil recorded varying fall measurements between 80mm and 114mm. The total rainfall for Amamoor over the weekend was 36.5 but they have received 86.5 since December 1.
Although Widgee recorded 24.5mm from 9am Saturday until 9am Monday, resident Lionel Cotter said that since the first of the month, he’d recorded 69mm.
“It’s beautiful,” he said of the downpours. “It’s not doing any damage and the river has a good run in it.”
Wolvi farmer Henry Kross said he has recorded 65 inches of rain for the year.
“We had four inches in November and 5½ inches in October,” he said. “It’s been 12 years since we had a big flood. Everything is looking really good. We had a 2 inch downpour on Sunday.”