North Queensland embraces monsoonal rainfall

North Queensland farmers welcome monsoonal rainfall

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Australia rainfall last week ending Monday 22 February. Graph: BOM

Australia rainfall last week ending Monday 22 February. Graph: BOM

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North Queensland embraces monsoonal weather.

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North Queensland experienced monsoonal weather last week, after a trough and southeasterly wind surge moved north along the east coast.

Thunderstorms and showers were mostly confined to northern Australia last week, with moderate falls reported in most of the northern half of Queensland.

Tully Sugar Mill received the most rainfall last week, recording an eye watering 760mm, while Ingham Composite recorded 491.4mm from Tuesday 16 February to Monday 22 February.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting below-median rainfall for the remainder of February and into early March for the tropics.

Weekly rainfall totals for Queensland 16/02/2021 22/02/2021. Graph: BOM

Weekly rainfall totals for Queensland 16/02/2021 22/02/2021. Graph: BOM

Those lucky to have been blessed with rain in North Queensland shared the news by posting to the Who Got The Rain? Facebook page.

Rob and Lyn French, Gilberton Station, Einasleigh, Headwaters of Gilbert River, 550km west of Cairns, are celebrating a great start to the north's traditional wet season.

The couple run the 35,612 hectare (88,000 acre) Gilberton Station, 124km south west of Einasleigh, and Gilberton Outback Retreat, on the banks of the Gilbert River, and recorded 79mm on Sunday night.

"Its been absolutely beautiful, we've so far received 10 inches for 2021 and the country is looking good, but in saying that it's very patchy and not all of Gilberton has had that coverage," Ms French said.

"We're very happy with the rain that we have received, the cows are happy and prices are great - what more could we ask for?"

The French's Gilberton Outback Retreat perched on the bluff overlooking the Gilbert River in full force. Picture: Lyn French.

The French's Gilberton Outback Retreat perched on the bluff overlooking the Gilbert River in full force. Picture: Lyn French.

Cattleman Norm Fitchett, Tirrabella, Mount Garnet, 160km south-west of Cairns, received a year's worth of rain since the start of the year.

Mr Fitchett recorded 125mm on Sunday night at his 22,000ha breeder block at Tirrabella, bringing his total rainfall to 700mm.

"In January we received 348mm, which filled all our dams, we then had no rain for 14 days and in the last nine days we have had 364mm," Mr Flitchett said.

Norm Flitchett received 125mm at his Tirrabella property near Mount Garnet on Sunday night, bringing his total rainfall to 700mm since 1 January. Picture: Norm Flitchett

Norm Flitchett received 125mm at his Tirrabella property near Mount Garnet on Sunday night, bringing his total rainfall to 700mm since 1 January. Picture: Norm Flitchett

Mr Fitchett said the recent delude caused serious damage to his property's roads and fences in Mount Garnet.

"It'll be a week at least before we can repair the road out to the main road to go to town, but our cattle are still doing good," he said.

Further west between Mount Surpirse and Chillagoe, Taz Triffett recorded 130mm on Sunday night at Barwidgi Station.

BOM is predicting March rainfall is likely to be above average across large parts of eastern Australia, with a greater than 70 per cent chance of exceeding median rainfall in south-west, and central to south-east areas of Queensland.

Sunday 21 February-Monday 22 February Rainfall: Parts of Far North Queensland was inundated with rain, with towns on the east coast recording more than 100mm. Graph: BOM

Sunday 21 February-Monday 22 February Rainfall: Parts of Far North Queensland was inundated with rain, with towns on the east coast recording more than 100mm. Graph: BOM

Flood warning in place for Herbert River

River level rises and major flooding are continuing along the Herbert River to Nash's Crossing.

There are currently no river level observations available for Gleneagle (manual station), but based on the nearby Gleneagle automatic station the river level is expected to be around 11.7 metres and rising, with major flooding. A major peak is likely in the Herbert River at Gleneagle during Monday evening.

Latest River Heights across affected North Queensland. The next warning will be issued by 10:00 pm EST on Monday 22 February. Graph: BOM

Latest River Heights across affected North Queensland. The next warning will be issued by 10:00 pm EST on Monday 22 February. Graph: BOM

Herbert River downstream of Nash's Crossing

River level rises are continuing downstream from Nash's Crossing.

The Herbert River at Abergowrie Bridge is currently at 10.91 metres and rising, with moderate flooding. A moderate peak is expected in the Herbert River at Abergowrie Bridge overnight Monday into Tuesday.

The Herbert River at Ingham Pump Station is currently at 10.00 metres and steady, with minor flooding. The Herbert River at Ingham Pump Station is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (11.00 m) Monday evening. A peak prediction will be provided once upstream peaks are recorded.

The Herbert River at Gairloch (manual) was at 9.00 metres and rising late Monday morning. Note: The river level at Gairloch manual station is being used in preference to the automatic station as the automatic station may be incorrectly recording. The Herbert River at Gairloch is likely to exceed the minor flood level (9.50 m) Monday afternoon and is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (10.50 m) Monday evening. A peak prediction will be provided once upstream peaks are recorded.

The Herbert River at Halifax is currently at 5.02 metres and rising. The Herbert River at Halifax is likely to peak between 5.20 and 5.30 metres Tuesday morning.

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