Heaviest rain readings since cyclone



ROCKHAMPTON yesterday had its heaviest rainfall for a 24hour period since a rain depression drenched the city three years ago.

Rockhampton weather forecaster Kevin Hutchins said the 87mm which fell at the city's airport from 9am on Tuesday to 9am yesterday was the biggest rainfall since the depression from Cyclone Benni drenched the city on February 6, 2003. No rain was recorded at the airport after 9am yesterday.

But apart from the chance of coastal showers today, the heavy rains have dried up as a southeasterly change blows through Central Queensland.

"There was a very moist northwesterly flow from up in the tropics (that brought the rain through),'' Mr Hutchins said. "This fed a lot of moisture into central parts of the State.''

He said the south-easterly change would bring winds of up to 25 knots. "You could get to see the odd coastal shower.'' At Yeppoon 47mm fell overnight Tuesday.

This month's tally of 104mm for Rockhampton, which is already well above the 11mm which fell in the city in February. It's also more than the average March rainfall of 97mm.



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