A flooded Traveston Crossing Bridge last week.
A flooded Traveston Crossing Bridge last week. Renee Pilcher

January rain far from record

BRISBANE recorded its wettest January in 38 years last month, but Gympie's January rainfall was higher in 2011, when 482mm fell across the city.

While Brisbane recorded 343mm, Gympie recorded 259mm over 19 days in January, with the heaviest falls on January 27, when 60mm fell in 24 hours.

Almost 190mm of our January rain fell in the seven days from January 23-30.

Gympie's wettest ever January was in 1895, when 601mm was recorded. The city's driest every January was in 1969, with 2.5mm.

Last month's rainfall was still well above the average of 155mm, The Weather Channel senior meteorologist Tom Saunders said.

Brisbane recorded 343mm of rain for the month, making it the wettest January for the city since 1974.

The first month of the year is typically the wettest, with an average of 159.6mm in Brisbane and 155mm in Gympie.

Both cities started last month mostly dry, with Gympie picking up only 6mm in the first 15 days and Brisbane getting 4.8mm.

But it wasn't long before the rain picked up, with January 17 officially kicking off the major rain event of the month and Gympie receiving 40.8mm.

The heaviest falls in Brisbane were on January 24. when the city recorded over a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours.

Gympie's heaviest falls were recorded on January 27, when 60mm of rain fell.

The rain of this month is significant because the last time Brisbane exceeded this total was during the infamous 1974 La Nina.

In this year, 871.6mm of rain fell, the wettest January on record.

Although showers are forecast for the region over the next seven days, only light falls were expected with plenty of dry weather in between.

 

January totals for region

  • Gympie- 259mm
  • Rainbow Beach- 297mm
  • Toolara- 300.2mm
  • Kingaroy- 150mm
  • Maleny- 536.4
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