Tropical low drenches WA

23 Jan, 2014 10:28 AM
Another tropical low is possibly developing about the Kimberley during the weekend

PARTS of Western Australia have continued to be soaked over the past day as a deep tropical low moves slowly through the state, with some places seeing their heaviest rain in over a decade.

The highest totals over the past 24 hours were seen over eastern parts of the Gascoyne. Mingah Springs collected 183mm to 9am, its heaviest rain since at least 1992, while Neds Creek picked up 110mm, its biggest fall in almost three years.

Heavy falls also drenched the Kimberley Coast in unstable westerlies behind the low, with Broome collecting 170mm to 9am today, its heaviest rain since 2003, and for January since 1997.

The system, which began over the Arafura Sea over a week ago, has been drenching WA's interior and giving many places their biggest monthly totals in years.

Marble Bar has collected 221mm for the month so far, already its wettest January since records began in 2001. Likewise, Halls Creek has already seen 277mm for the month so far, almost twice its average and currently its wettest January since 2006.

While the low is expected to weaken over the coming days, further heavy rain is likely over WA's inland, this time focusing on central and southern parts, with a severe weather warning in place for these parts.

Today, the eastern Gascoyne, western South Interior and Goldfields will receive the highest totals, with some places likely to pick up as much as 100mm.

Tomorrow, the rain could even be heavier, with falls of 100-200mm possible over eastern parts of the Esperance region, the Goldfields and Eucla.

By Friday, much of the rain will be focused over the Eucla as the low begins to dissipate and move into South Australia, however falls of 30-60mm are still likely.

Even as the system clears the state, there will not be much time for drying out, at least for the north, with another tropical low possibly developing about the Kimberley during the weekend.



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