A lake of water outside Jardine Park’s grass netball courts was enjoyed by feathered residents.
A lake of water outside Jardine Park’s grass netball courts was enjoyed by feathered residents. ALLAN REINIKKA

Rocky records 81mm of rain

THERE was nothing Josh Smith could do yesterday to avoid the growing number of water hazards at Rockhampton Golf Course after a downpour drenched his game.

It was the second wettest day in Rockhampton all year when Mother Nature dumped 81mm on the city before 9am yesterday.

Josh, having a hit with his Mackay mate Gary Kurz and Gary’s dad Robert, wasn’t bothered by the rain, which has filled gauges across Central Queensland since Christmas Day.

The city’s golf course was partially submerged by water and on hole 12 Josh admitted he’d lost a few balls in the soggy conditions.

So far 125mm has fallen on Rockhampton this December, which is above the monthly average.

A North Rockhampton woman said she had recorded at least 137mm in her rain gauge since Christmas Day.

But despite the wet end to the year, 515mm of rain in 2009 has made it one of the driest on record, 35% below average.

With all this water hanging around, the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting some sticky and humid weather tomorrow and Friday when the sun starts to warm up Rockhampton.

Rockhampton bureau forecaster Mike Marrinan said heavy rain was expected to ease by the end of the week but parts of Central Queensland would still experience heavier, isolated showers.

“From Wednesday onwards we’ll see shower activity decrease further but we can find more to the coast and over the inland in the afternoons in the form of showers and storms,” he said.

“Temperatures will be around average but humidity levels remain fairly high and sultry conditions can be expected.”

Before December, the heaviest falls in Rockhampton were 87.4mm on February 11 and 26.6mm on April 5.

Mr Marrinan said there was also a good chance of 2010 starting off drier than usual.

January, February and March were typically the wettest months for Rockhampton but long-term projections forecast only a 30% to 40% chance of average rainfall for the first quarter of 2010.

Who got the rain

Rainfall reported to the Bureau of Meteorology from Christmas Day to 10am yesterday.

  • Rockhampton 102mm
  • Miriam Vale 164mm
  • Yeppoon Road (Access 4) 132mm
  • Mount Morgan 111mm
  • Bouldercombe 149mm
  • Glendale 65mm
  • South Yaamba 80mm
  • Yeppoon 45mm
  • Gladstone airport 64mm
  • Gladstone 57mm
  • Stanwell 80mm
  • Williamson 77mm
  • Samuel Hill 70mm
  • Westwood 36mm
  • Baralaba 40mm

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather information for the Rockhampton region.



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