That 5.6mm at Rockhampton Aero occurred during the morning so it couldn't have been from that. I'd say he was under that cell which passed between Rocky/Gladstone last night - a good 30-40km from the official gauge.RC how close are you say in kilometres to the weather station for Rockhampton or are you not even close to that area? as Rocky got next to nothing officially yesterday. Ok 5.6mm.... but was it one of those events where it was patchy/isolated and some places in Rocky got more?
Seems like the only thing guaranteed for Rocky in the next week is heat.
that's very dry for the eastern tropics
Edited : If you pick all available climate statistics BOM it says : 815.1mm Rocky Airport from 1939-2021.. shouldn't that be the total ?
Also that total would sort of make it wetter than Perth Metro 1993-2021 with 730.9mm?
I thought being aligned to trade winds is good , SE winds don't bring much rain or do they?
in 2004 the longterm (1991-2004) average rainfall for Rockhampton was 811mm. So the average has been dropping alot since then, and if it keeps at this rate of change it will take 42 years and Rockhampton will have a 0 zero rainfall average.Didn't realise Rocky's 1991-2020 average rainfall is only a tick over 700 mm, that's very dry for the eastern tropics (I know, it's barely in the tropics). That's only 100 mm more than Canberra, with much higher evaporation rates in Rocky. The alignment of the coastline (land to the SE, in the direction of the trades) and the blocking effects of the Berserker Range would be the main factors limiting Rocky's rainfall. Yeppoon doesn't have this latter factor and gets at least 200-250 mm more per annum.
So you shouldn't expect miracles. It undoubtedly has been dry in Central Queensland though, particularly over summer. Here's hoping a more normal 'less dry' season for you.