Unseasonable rain in Gympie
HIGH rainfall in September is out of character for the region but definitely welcomed by farmers and residents alike.
Bureau of Meteorology Forecaster Mike Marrinan from the Rockhampton regional office said the region’s recent “unseasonable heavy rainfalls” were attributed to an upper level and surface trough that developed over the weekend.
The upper level trough had remained pretty still over eastern coastal parts of Queensland and had combined with the surface trough over the central and southern Queensland coasts that extended off the coast of Mackay and intercepted the coast over Fraser Island.
Mr Marrinan said the troughs were still in position yesterday but had weakened since Monday, however the region could see further heavy to moderate falls until they weakened this weekend.
Wolvi beef producer Henry Kross says Wolvi’s 63 millimetres over 24 hours to 9am yesterday came on top of 62mm from falls earlier in the month, making this September already the wettest in many years.
And the rain was welcome as it would help keep feed levels up for his cattle.
“When you get that much rain in September it means a lot of green grass feed. We had one millimetre in the whole month last year.
“We’ve had no frost and the grass is already there, so we can expect it to grow fast. It’s one of the wettest Septembers we’ve had in quite a while,” he said.
“(But) We’re going to cop a lot of buffalo fly and we’ll have to deal with that.”
Mr Kross has been keeping rainfall records for 40 years.
He said the region now had 134mm this month, which is the most since 1998 (a record year), when he measured166mm.
But as this month still had another eight days to go, it is on track to be the wettest on record. This compares with other years when Mr Kross had no rain at all in September, 1979, 1980, 1991 and 2000.