Weekly rainfall wrap, week ending 22 Mar 2016

Sheep Central March 23, 2016



The heaviest falls of 50mm plus over the past week were recorded in the Kimberley, the Top End, central parts of the Northern Territory, the Gulf Country northern and southeastern Queensland, eastern New South Wales, central and eastern Victoria, and western and northern Tasmania.

At the beginning of the week, a tropical low located in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, combined with an establishing monsoonal flow, generating areas of rain, showers and thunderstorms across the Top End and northern Queensland.

Moderate falls were recorded in the Top End of the Northern Territory, with heavier falls occurring in parts of the Gulf Country and Cape York Peninsula.

The monsoon trough extended across northern Western Australia producing thunderstorms and moderate rainfall totals about the Kimberley. A weak surface trough over inland New South Wales and Queensland, combined with an onshore air mass brought showers with moderate falls to inland and coastal parts of New South Wales and southern Queensland.

In the middle of the week, the tropical low expanded and moved across the Cape York Peninsula into the northwest Coral Sea. Moderate to heavy rainfall totals were reported in the Cape region, the Top End and the Kimberley. A strong cold front produced a cloudband with isolated thunderstorms, with moderate falls recorded over southeastern South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and southern New South Wales. A trough extending through central Western Australia brought thunderstorm activity to central and southwestern parts of the State.

In the last part of the week, isolated thunderstorm activity produced moderate rainfall totals about the southeast coast and Central Highlands districts of Queensland. Troughs triggered areas of thunderstorms over the Kimberley, western parts of the Northern Territory, and southwest and central Western Australia. A surface and upper-level trough over the east coast of mainland Australia brought moderate falls to eastern parts of Australia.

Rainfall totals between 100 mm and 200 mm were recorded in northern Queensland, with isolated parts of the Cape York Peninsula and north tropical coast recorded totals in excess of 200 mm. The highest weekly total was 356 mm at Abingdon Downs Station in northern Queensland.

Rainfall totals between 50 mm and 100 mm were recorded in areas of the Kimberley, the Top End, central parts of the Northern Territory, the Gulf Country and the Cape York Peninsula. Similar totals were recorded in parts of southeastern Queensland and eastern New South Wales, central and eastern Victoria, and western and northern Tasmania.

Rainfall totals between 10 mm and 50 mm were recorded across much of northern tropics, central and southern parts of the Northern Territory, central Australia, and the southwestern quarter of Western Australia. Similar totals were recorded in northern and southeastern South Australia, much of Victoria apart from the northwest, western and northern Tasmania, eastern New South Wales, and in northern, eastern and southern Queensland.

Southeastern, northwestern and central Western Australia, western and northeastern South Australia, eastern and central parts of the Northern Territory, western Queensland, western New South Wales, northwestern Victoria and southeastern Tasmania recorded little or no rainfall this week.

Highest rainfall in each State and Territory:

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

167 mm Randwick (Randwick St)

161 mm Byron Bay (Jacaranda Drive)

160 mm Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS), Sydney Botanic Gardens


87 mm Mount Buller

86 mm Mount Hotham

82 mm Ferny Creek



356 mm Abingdon Downs Station

261 mm Bramwell

244 mm Cardwell Marine Pde


Western Australia

89 mm Gibb River

81 mm Drysdale River Station

79 mm Leonora Aero


South Australia

38 mm Moonta

25 mm Penola Post Office

24 mm Blackwood (Wittunga)



105 mm Bridport (Sea View Villas)

76 mm Mount Read

75 mm Strahan Aerodrome


Northern Territory

141 mm Nightcliff Pool

123 mm Pirlangimpi Airport

120 mm Wagait Beach


More weekly rainfall totals:

Source: BOM



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