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#1455503 - 02/03/2018 22:11 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
tsunami Offline
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Registered: 06/12/2010
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Loc: Wynnum SE Brisbane
Stadium is more important
Get more people to townsville to drain it quicker
Just lightning the mood
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#1455514 - 03/03/2018 08:08 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
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Registered: 28/11/2011
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Loc: South Mission Beach QLD
23mm overnight. Very heavy fall just before midnight would of provided most of that.

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#1455516 - 03/03/2018 09:15 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
rainthisway Offline
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Loc: Mutarnee.....70km north of Tow...
Media are on the ball with the low in CS lol they love it
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#1455668 - 04/03/2018 18:30 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
PVW Offline
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Registered: 28/12/2010
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Loc: Thuringowa, Townsville QLD
I found it quite hard to keep up with the dam capacity readings live last week when it was increasing so rapidly, so I created this page on my website which monitors the dam level as soon as it comes in from BOM (rather than waiting for TCC).

Feel free to bookmark

http://aspgweather.com/new/rossdam

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#1455680 - 04/03/2018 18:59 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
PVW Offline
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I've also just added an interactive graph of the level over the last week

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#1455706 - 04/03/2018 21:01 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
Mick10 Offline
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Registered: 02/11/2001
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Loc: Kirwan, Townsville - NQld.
my god PVW you are a legend!
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June 2018 total - 3.0mm (21mm)
July 2018 total - 14.0mm (15mm)
2018 Yearly total to date - 814.8mm (1107mm)

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#1455723 - 04/03/2018 22:59 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Mick10]
PVW Offline
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Originally Posted By: Mick10
my god PVW you are a legend!

Thanks!

Here's what the current graphs look like on the page:

Last 7 days:


This year so far:

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#1455744 - 05/03/2018 10:04 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: PVW]
Caillin Offline
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Registered: 21/03/2012
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Awesome work PVW, saves me refreshing the data table and graph pages, can get it in one site now.

Just a feature suggestion, can you put a horizontal line in black to signify 100% for capacity? I don't think it would be needed for volume and height if the capacity is there, and might make it look a bit busy.

I was thinking of doing a similar page, but also scraping the rain meter totals that are updated every hour on BOM (http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/townsville.shtml) to also give show some kind of visual representation of the rainful rate currently hitting the catchment area. You could take the average from 5 rain gauges every hour and average it, and trigger an icon or an animation maybe?

My web dev skills are very light on, but sounds like it could be something easy enough and cool to add.

Thanks again for taking the time to write it, it's a great effort.

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#1455747 - 05/03/2018 10:34 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: dormant]
DVE Offline
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Registered: 28/02/2018
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Originally Posted By: dormant
And if it's anything like the Cairns area more and more development occurs without any thought to where the water will come from.


It may be an unpopular position, but I think Townsville doesn't have a water problem. I mean, we have the Burdekin dam as a backup and it's enormous and reliable.

The only problem is that the current pipeline is not large enough to supply enough for us to use lawn sprinklers year round! The cost of pumping is actually not much. $38k/day is only 20c/person/day and it's only been needed for about 6 months out of the last 10 years (so that's 1c/person/day for water security). In total, 6 months of pumping is only about $7M. $7M over 10 years is pocket change for a large council. This cost is forecast to increase with population growth, but it will still be low in the scheme of things.

In comparison a new dam would cost probably $5B, and therefore have a finance cost of $250M/year! So pumping sounds pretty good to me.
(btw, I'm not against hell's gate dam, but build it to open up new irrigated farmland, not for Townsville)

A new pipeline has been in the forward plan for years, and is now being built as per the plan (maybe one year early I think). This pipeline has enough capacity to let us use our sprinklers all year even with an empty Ross Dam, and enough spare for plenty of future population growth. It's all looking good as far as I can tell.

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#1455752 - 05/03/2018 11:58 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
Mick10 Offline
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Loc: Kirwan, Townsville - NQld.
nothing unpopular about the comment DVE.

Townsville will always have water to drink, flush our toilet and survive thanks to the BFD. Yes its our ability to live a lifestyle of wanting green gardens and lawns that are the issue. Having said that there are numerous businesses that are suffering because of this, and people here believe we have the right to water and have a garden should we wish to, like most other large cities Australia wide, and not be held back by the fact it costs more to pump the water here.

The feasibility studies into Hells Gate are looking at agricultural irrigation too. The final report into Townsville water security is due in September, it is likely to recommend the best options for our city to take in the future, whether that be pumping by electricity, solar, hydro, or gravity feed from either BFD or Hells Gate.
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June 2018 total - 3.0mm (21mm)
July 2018 total - 14.0mm (15mm)
2018 Yearly total to date - 814.8mm (1107mm)

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#1455833 - 05/03/2018 19:39 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
Wezza Offline
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Registered: 15/01/2008
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Loc: North Ward, Townsville. Toll, ...
Solid rain here in Charters Towers for the last 30-40 minutes.

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#1455861 - 06/03/2018 01:56 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
Mick10 Offline
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Registered: 02/11/2001
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Loc: Kirwan, Townsville - NQld.
good to see mate. storms formed west and south west of the ville today, obviously an easterly flow pushed them away from the coast.

not hard to miss the trough system in the coral sea at the moment. Sadly it arrived a bit too early, if it had arrived with the SE surge on wednesday it would have helped enhance our rainfall.
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June 2018 total - 3.0mm (21mm)
July 2018 total - 14.0mm (15mm)
2018 Yearly total to date - 814.8mm (1107mm)

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#1455865 - 06/03/2018 05:14 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
dormant Offline
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Registered: 30/01/2011
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Loc: near ferry, FNQ
Just woke, looked at radar...
Ahem, Pogo, need rain?

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#1455867 - 06/03/2018 05:36 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
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Loc: maadi Tully area
Are we posting in here now ,Dormant,because Townsville seems to be the new wet tropics..?....

and yup its raining ..be happy without it though..just trying to figure out jobs for the next few days that don't involve swimming..

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#1455881 - 06/03/2018 08:47 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
dormant Offline
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Registered: 30/01/2011
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Loc: near ferry, FNQ
My bad, Scott, seemed like it was on it's way to Townsville via you...

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#1455910 - 06/03/2018 11:42 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
rainthisway Offline
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Registered: 09/11/2015
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Loc: Mutarnee.....70km north of Tow...
So thoughts. Are the predictions of more flooding rain warranted or no?
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#1455912 - 06/03/2018 12:00 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: rainthisway]
Caillin Offline
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Registered: 21/03/2012
Posts: 17
Originally Posted By: rainthisway
So thoughts. Are the predictions of more flooding rain warranted or no?


Just had a look at the ECMWF 10 Day Animation and definitely looks like they predict a decent amount of precipitation around the Townsville area for most of that time.


Edited by Caillin (06/03/2018 12:00)

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#1455925 - 06/03/2018 14:08 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
ol mate Offline
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Loc: Ingham, North Qld
60mm from about 2am til 6.
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#1455935 - 06/03/2018 16:04 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
rainthisway Offline
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Registered: 09/11/2015
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Loc: Mutarnee.....70km north of Tow...
Lucky you ol mate
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#1455946 - 06/03/2018 17:49 Re: North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell to Bowen - March 2018 [Re: Raindammit]
Wezza Offline
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Registered: 15/01/2008
Posts: 727
Loc: North Ward, Townsville. Toll, ...
14mm for me yesterday.

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