Falls of more than 180mm in Rocky

FALLS of over 180mm have been recorded in Rockhampton over the past 48 hours.

Local weather forecaster Mike Griffin says by the end of the day there will be close to 200mm as the rain continues.

He says an upper trough which was evident as a circulation over the Swains Reef, around Christmas, has moved over Capricornia and the Central Coast.

"Mackay has had 150mm in the last four days with Mirani recording 236mm. Sure to put good flow in the Pioneer River.

"The Bureau has warned of moderate flood levels for Windamere on Juandah Creek and downstream of the Dawson River at Taroom.

"Police and SES are saying campers and travelers be wary of creek crossings and take care on the wet roads.

"Places like Emerald and Biloela missed out with only light falls. Early next week a trough in the west could deliver a New Year present for the western Central Queensland."

Mr Griffin said prior to Christmas, Rockhampton was heading for the second driest year on record. The heavy rain has pushed the projected annual total well over 500mm.

Some rainfall totals for the last five days to December 30:
  • Miriam Vale 194mm
  • Rosedale 186mm
  • Byfield 158mm
  • Windamere 146mm
  • Mt Morgan 115mm
  • Hedlow 112mm
  • St Lawrence 111mm
  • South Yaamba 100mm
  • Craigmore 78mm
  • Gladstone 69mm
  • Yeppoon 68mm
  • Taroom 61mm
  • Springsure 51mm
  • Baralaba 43mm
  • Seventeen Seventy 50mm
  • Westwood 38mm
  • Clermont & Theodore 30mm

  • Read more: Rocky records 81mm of rain


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