Wet weather in CQ – Central Queensland today

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By meteorologist Mike Griffin

Very hot and humid conditions across QC continued with below average precipitation. Only Taroom 102mm and sporadic falls in the south and west of the central highlands are the exception.

Yet the Burnett to our south recorded flooding last month and 463mm in 24 hours at Old Range Road. Rivers jumped 3 to 4 meters in the early hours of Friday, trapping many motorists. The Bruce Highway was closed between Gin Gin and Childers as heavy rain continued most of Friday. Ban Ban Springs in Chinchilla was also questionable. As far as possible, traffic was diverted onto the Leichhardt Autobahn. A few 24 hour (mm) falls of note – Fig Tree 329, Paradise Dam 265, Coringa 243, Kin Kin 230, Fred Haigh Dam 223. Further flooding for the Mary River and surrounding area seems likely.

Then 100-150mm south all the way around the Bruce Highway to the NSW and QLD border. This has caused totals of 500-600mm (2 fatalities) in the last 72 hours for parts of the Sunshine Coast and 100-150mm from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. A massive amount of rain causing havoc in South East Queensland. While in the far north; the monsoon dropped 329mm at Aurukun and 119mm at Weipa last week.

INTERNATIONAL

United States – A severe snowstorm caused a whiteout and 15-20 cars piled up on the frozen roads. With a total of 98 accidents for North Dakota. In Maine high minus 7C and low minus 20C. – BrBrBr!!!!

UK – After 90 flood warnings from – storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin. – the River Severn continues with flood outflows.

China – Beijing Low zero High 12C. The Olympics should be moved to the United States.

Ukraine – Kyiv Min 2C Max 8C. Is it good for a war?

FORECAST

The Monsoon Trough (MT) came south of PNG across Thursday Island, the Top End in the Kimberley. The cloud cluster west of Darwin in the Gulf of Bonaparte seems to be developing.

Will it be tropical cyclone “Vernon”? In addition, a low pressure system in the Torres Strait brings heavy rains to the FNQ. A depression in the Coral Sea channels clouds into southern Queensland. An upper trough along the Bruce Highway south of Miriam Vale dumps heavy rain to the NSW border. This should weaken during Sunday. While Capricornia misses again. Southeast trade winds (SETW) blew for most of the week with seas near 2 meters with 1 minute showers during the week. Now they have toned down! It means the BOATIES have a chance to enjoy Keppel Bay for the first time in weeks.

Very hot and humid conditions remain with a possibility of thundery showers late Saturday and Sunday. Keep watering!? Because the weak low system on CQ – which is not normal – could lead to highs in the hot zone around 35 ° C from Monday to Wednesday.

This all depends on another cyclone developing near New Caledonia. This one could be called “Eva” on Monday or Tuesday. It looks like robbing the humidity of any storm development for CQ. We have to wait until March for some relief. Will it be around St. Patrick’s Day?

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