Normanby Bridge getting cleaned off to open traffic to Southside.
Normanby Bridge getting cleaned off to open traffic to Southside. Renee Pilcher

Too early to predict any more bad weather

FEARS that Gympie could be in for another flood within the next few weeks were yesterday dismissed by Gympie weather enthusiast Ted Uebergang.

Mr Uebergang said it was almost impossible to predict the weather more than three days in advance, even for the Bureau of Meteorology, which had access to the highest weather forecasting technology and latest data.

Speculation was rife yesterday than the conditions this year pointed to a second flood; something that is not uncommon for Gympie, with two floods occurring last year and in 1999.

But despite the historic weather patterns and cycles remembered by many "old timers", Mr Uebergang said he personally believed there was no accurate way to forecast the weather long range.

According to the BoM, the Southern Oscillation Index for February to April 2013 indicates a "wetter than normal season is more likely for northern Queensland and a large part of southern and western WA".

A drier season is forecast for a small region in eastern Australia and South Australia, and this is all a result of warmer than normal waters in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Mr Uebergang runs the website http://www.gympieweather.com, which has links to all vital weather information and local rain gauge readings and river heights.

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