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And the storm ! From a mate in the suburb next to mine.....
"26.8mm of rain in 20min with a top rain rate of 272mm/hr here in the Wagaman Wetlands and still getting smashed. 30.8mm now."
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A typical monsoonal squall screaming in from the Arafura Sea just now at Gunn Point ( a little to the east of Darwin )|
Pic/images/text by Nikko Gilbert.
"A proper off the ocean Monsoon showers incoming.
Amazing how much of a punch this little shower is giving. Gust in excess of 56.9kph (will be higher, just my weather station doesn't pick up the strongest gust unless it happens to transmit the data at the exact right time) but still amazing...these things are stronger then thunderstorms in some cases".
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BoM have really ramped our rainfall up for the coming week.
The satellite is showing an impressive monsoon surge developing across the waters to our north and this looks set to pull down over the Top End in coming days.
Showers, storms becoming more frequent across the Top End and these will be accompanied by squally winds at times.
A weak low near Gove looks set to develop slowly whilst remaining slow moving.
Ya gotta love a good monsoon !
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Ok then....approaching ( but not quite there yet as the memories of the two previous failed wets are strong ) the, "ok rain, that's enough...." scenario.
From a mate in Palmerston...
"Good morning troops. Holy moly what a night of torrential showers, a rumble of thunder and a chorus of flaming tree frogs to keep the neighbourhood awake!
Absolutely belted down in Gray and it’s not 9am yet for my “official” reading but we have cracked 100mm since 9 yesterday.
So another 103.6mm on the last 24 hours.
331.4mm in last 72 hours.
Yesterday the frogs had gum boots on.
Today they have gum boots on AND an umbrella...
Radar is looking like a very wet couple of hours as a few lines of monsoonal squalls roll in.
REAL monsoonal weather at last !
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And I sent my son out to check the gauge this morning......luckily I had the camera handy....:)
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With one full day of recording for the month of January remaining, it seems certain I will crack the 700mm mark for the month. Up until 9.00m this morning ( just now ) I'm at 687.3mm. Still full overcast and raining lightly as I type.
Since this monsoonal rain started 8 days ago....
23rd - 12.2mm
24th - 42.0mm
25th - 78.2mm
26th - 56.4mm
27th - 33.3mm
28th - 63.4mm
29th - 86.4mm
30th - 53.4mm
That's 425.3mm of consistent soaking type rain.....
 

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J F C !!..... might get a bit wet around Darwin if this comes off in the first week of February ! !. A 1000mm in a week ?
I'll have to see it to believe it. ( but has happened before in Feb 2011, I recorded 1100mm in a week at the time of Cyclone Carlos. )
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J F C !!..... might get a bit wet around Darwin if this comes off in the first week of February ! !. A 1000mm in a week ?
I'll have to see it to believe it. ( but has happened before in Feb 2011, I recorded 1100mm in a week at the time of Cyclone Carlos. )
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:eek: Better clear up by the 26th Feb when I hit town.
 

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Big storm impacting the Darwin region overnight and this morning....
"Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services
Heavy Rain overnight – impacting roads and traffic conditions in the Greater Darwin area
We have had some heavy rain overnight and the forecast indicates further rain today. NT Police are taking the opportunity to remind people to be aware of the the possibility of localised flooding occurring, the need to drive to the road conditions, slow down, maintain a safe distance from other road users and to turn on headlights when visibility is impaired.
Impacted areas at this time in the Greater Darwin area include:
1. Stuart Highway Pinelands south of McMillan’s Road Intersection [Inbound lane to Darwin] A number of cars have become stranded after being affected by water, with multiple reports of water over the road
2. McMillan’s Road & Charles Eaton Drive, Rapid Creek [water over the road] With Minor Flood Level of 2.829 metres having been met at 4:50am and the possibility of variations as the weather continues.
Water levels and rainfall can impact conditions quickly and road users are reminded to use the Road Report website to check local conditions road.report.nt.gov.au & secure.nt.gov.au
Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, NTES & NT Police have and are continuing to respond. Please take notice of all traffic controls."
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Here at home got smashed by a beauty early this morning. Currently 101.4mm and still raining. Very windy at one stage. I noticed a gust of 100km in the Harbour, so a wild night up town that's for sure !
 

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I remember I came up 28/1-2/2 a few years ago and there was a reasonable amount of rain about. The road out to Jabiru was cut somewhere east of the Fogg Dam turnoff.

Also had the equivalent of Cat 2 winds even though there was no cyclone around. I remember hearing that quite a few of the Mahogany trees in the CBD upped roots.
 

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Another ball tearer of a storm up from the SSW courtesy of the tropical low that crossed the coast near Borroloola this morning. Probably over 100mm since lunchtime in the Palmerston suburbs and about 50 to 60mm here at home. A very soggy afternoon and still raining solidly as I type.

 

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Yeah, I drove/swam/floated through that deluge on the Palmerston bypass (Stuart Hwy) just after midday. Copped a flang to boot as well as a couple of other rumbles of thunder. Traffic in left lane was down to 40km/h at one stage. Lots of water on the road further south.

Ended up checking out the waterfalls in Litchfield NP. Wangi was going like the clappers and both Tolmer and Florence were fairly strong flowing as well, Tolmer a bit more than Florence. Started to rain while I was at Wangi with a few rumbles of thunder as I was leaving. Couldn't hang around as I didn't want to get stranded by the Wangi Creek which was tearing across the road at a reasonable depth. Only had a Yaris, so couldn't afford it to go much higher than it already was.

I'm liking the BOMs Monday Darwin forecast upgrade from "A shower or two. Possible storm" to "Showers. Storm likely". Now that's more like it! :) I'll probably still be at work tomorrow when it hits, but then again, work has given me the chance to be up here :)

Much better experience than my November 2020 visit so far!
 

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Thought I heard on the news today that there was a croc off Leanyer Beach as well.

I'll have to post a photo of Wangi Falls (I'm assuming that they're the ones in your pic) taken on Sunday when I get home. Don't have a cable with me to download photos from my camera.

Anyway, what happened to the "50-70mm of rain forecast & likely storm" for today? I guess the vagaries of trying to forecast rainfall when you have a wandering low about the place.

Received nada, although I did see some some reasonable showers over past Leanyer and the northern side of East Point after sunset from Fannie Bay. Some interesting looking clouds around then with shapes like Fozzie Bear and a pair of crabs claws.

Also saw Hectors wet season cousin around midday to the NW from Berrimah.

I guess that's the best chances gone as there doesn't seem to be much coming during the remainder of my stay. Ah well, c'est la vie....
 

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Thought I heard on the news today that there was a croc off Leanyer Beach as well.
Anyway, what happened to the "50-70mm of rain forecast & likely storm" for today? I guess the vagaries of trying to forecast rainfall when you have a wandering low about the place.
I guess that's the best chances gone as there doesn't seem to be much coming during the remainder of my stay. Ah well, c'est la vie....
Its the same beach out at Lee Point, its a designated 'dogs off leads' beach, so its like a smorgasbord for crocs.
Looks like the last 24 hours will be rain free, the first such day here at home since the 22nd January.
 

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After a bit of a 'break period' in the Monsoon, a nice 13.8mm yesterday afternoon has saved me from having to hand water the pot plants ......
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There were some epic rainfall totals inland of Darwin on Saturday afternoon and evening. Upwards of 200mm in the hills around Adelaide River caused flash flooding and stranded motorists out along the Daly River Road. My son and some mates were stuck and had to spend a wet night out at Daly River.
 

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Massive downpour out in Palmerston this arvo....reports of +100mm in an hour ! Lots of flash flooding....see this radar pic ? yeah ? well I live in the blank area ( Desierto de Leanyer )...6mm all up for me.....sigh
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My son took these pics in Roseberry... pretty ballsy in the car I reckon...
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Shipping container jammed up on a bridge at the Palmerston Golf Course, and flooded streets
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Since yesterday morning
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After a clear sunny day, one where the humidity dropped below 50% for the first time in ages, we had a classic 'knock-em-down' sweep through the City in the wee small hours. 10.2mm at home, but I've seen figures as high as 28mm from some other suburbs. Not a bad start to the transitional month of April, where the rainfall average is 100mm.
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Sunrise this morning.
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After being stuck at work just prior to the storm front rolling through (with impressive dark ugly low hanging clouds) late this arvo, I finally managed to capture one of them thar flashy bolt things on my camera tonight from a weakish storm way offshore to the NE of Lee Point. Also missed what would have been one of my best all time lightning shots because I had just moved the camera a little to the left just before a triple (or more) bolt went off. I caught one of the bolts right on the RH edge of the photo. Photos to follow once I'm back home.
 
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Preliminary figures for the Leanyer BOM rain guage 2020-2021 Wet Season ( still a day to go in April of course )
Mean - Median - 2020-2021
Oct - 68.6, 65.0, 147.4
Nov - 120.6, 109.6, 118.8
Dec - 295.2, 243.9, 377.8
Jan - 447.8, 452.0, 691.0
Feb - 380.0, 346.6, 375.0
Mar - 324.8, 294.4, 120.6
Apr - 101.6, 77.2, 102.6
Totals - Mean Average - 1738.6mm
Totals - Median - 1588.7mm
Totals - 2020-2021 - 1933.2mm.
So a definite 'pass' mark, being nearly 200mm above average and 350mm odd above the median. One can't but help being a little disappointed with the March totals in the Northern Suburbs, and even April, although average, promised so much but failed to deliver.
There are possibly umpteen meteorological reasons for this, but my take on it is that once the monsoon buggered off in Feb, the patterns reverted to 'build up' like conditions of convectional afternoon showers and storms, Gulf lines from the East etc, patterns that historically do not favour the Northern Suburbs, hence the 'Dome' theory so unbeloved of Northern Suburbanites kicked in and our 'Wet' went out with a whimper, despite the bangs of the last two nights.
But, yes indeed, happy to take a season 200mm above average, and way way better than the two previous seasons !
2019 -2020 = 1138.2mm
2018 -2019 = 1110.0mm
 

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Yesterday around 2:30pm, had steady heavy rain for around maybe 20-30? mins at Berrimah, was good to hear from the office. I had just finished some work outside so timing was very good.
When I knocked off from work, I went down to Fisherman's & Stokes Hill Wharves to get some pics of some distant cells to the east. There was one massive cell visible but most of it was obscured by foreground cloud.
I visited a friend for dinner and afterwards he took me to Larrakeyah just in time to see the lights from the gas plant vanish, followed by a boat's lights disappearing as well. A bit of a guster became visible just as the clouds "ignited". The wind really picked up as did the rain. Lightning was mainly partially embedded cc's.
Went back to my friend's place where we watched the storm from his balcony. Some reasonable crawlers were visible and I may have scored a cg on video. Will see when I eventually go through the video footage.
Yesterday's rain and storms certainly made up for my visits in Nov 2020 & Feb 2021 which yielded pretty well nothing in the way of storms.
 
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