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#545870 - 15/03/2009 17:32 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
babichacha Offline
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Registered: 01/08/2006
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Loc: Darwin - City Valley
We have been getting very heavy rain on and off for the last couple of hours. Now there is even some thunder to go with it!

I noticed that there are gusts of around 58km at the airport. Not bad for a Sunday afternoon.

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#545871 - 15/03/2009 21:42 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
JimmyGray Offline
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Registered: 29/08/2008
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Loc: Palmerston NT
A fairly solid band of rain to our south and south east. Its slowly inching its way here, could be a wet night with a bit of luck!
55mm of rain at Jabiru and 19mm here. A bit of work to do guys!

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#545872 - 16/03/2009 21:05 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
gecko Offline
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Registered: 01/11/2007
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Loc: Coconut Grove, Darwin, NT.
That was a good short sharp shower - 15mm.

It realy formed up into a beautiful line as it approached Dawin. It's even better now it's gone past - big solid yellow core and sparking up!!

It's quite an impressive, though thin, line - almost 200km long.

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#545873 - 16/03/2009 21:24 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
JimmyGray Offline
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Loc: Palmerston NT
yeh, a long long line. Makes me wonder if there is something brewing to our NE if this weather is moving in this direction. We have had 1mm only. It walked right over us then dumped on you city folk!

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#545874 - 16/03/2009 21:47 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
gecko Offline
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Loc: Coconut Grove, Darwin, NT.
I think it dumped even more over Nightcliff than it did here.

And you might be right about the NE. Gove radar looks prety tasty.

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#545875 - 17/03/2009 08:51 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
cyclonecece Offline
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Registered: 08/01/2007
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Loc: Brandon.. QLD..EX Karratha
Hopefully if GFS is right there may be lots of wet weather coming your way.Best of luck..off topic but very sad to hear about the young girl up there .

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#545876 - 17/03/2009 12:27 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
JimmyGray Offline
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Loc: Palmerston NT
Yeh Cece, the models are starting to look decidedly juicy so to speak, but we must endure pain first... 3 "dry" days to come first apparently!!

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#545877 - 17/03/2009 14:36 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
gecko Offline
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Loc: Coconut Grove, Darwin, NT.
"Fine and sunny" starting tomorrow. frown

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#545878 - 17/03/2009 17:58 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
cyclonecece Offline
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Loc: Brandon.. QLD..EX Karratha
After another week of thunderstorms and rain it looks as though the Top End of the Northern Territory will see another short dry spell, according to weatherzone.com.au.

Darwin has picked up about 65 millimetres over the past seven days, which is fairly typical at this time of the year. However, this is still well below the March average; the average monthly total is 320mm, but only 101mm has been received so far.

If Darwin stays below 121mm this could be the driest March in 22 years. And it's very similar for other areas across the Top End, including the Roper-McArthur and Victoria River districts.

So far this month the McArthur River site has recorded just 5.4mm, drier than the previous record low by six millimetres. As a result, it may end up being the driest March in at least 37 years of records.

At this stage it does look as though more soaking rains are on their way for this part of the country, most likely increasing from early next week.

- Weatherzone

Weatherzone 2009

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#545879 - 17/03/2009 23:16 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
gecko Offline
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Registered: 01/11/2007
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Loc: Coconut Grove, Darwin, NT.
That's great news. mad

At least we've had another drop of rain here. That little cell looked like it was doing the splits and then didn't - 10mm and some nice window-rattling thunder.

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#545880 - 18/03/2009 07:55 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
Thunderstruck Offline
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Registered: 10/05/2001
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Loc: Seaford Meadows, SA
Crazy storm last night....

BUT I WAS STUCK INSIDE AND MISSED most of it....in the city, got alerted to winds and rain outside and BOY was it SCREAMING down, a good old fashioned wind-blown waterfall....BUCKETING down. Afterward walked round the Esplanade to see bits stripped off trees all around. On way home, tree down across one half of Tiger Brennan Drive near the Duckpond. 54knots....that is mighty impressive, only 1knot less than Cyclone Helen. St.Pats day storm it will be called!

Cap broke extremely late with a lot of energy, Darwin got very lucky that timing and steer were conducive plus dry mid levels for big powerful downbursts and outflow. No warning....oh dear.

TS cool

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#545881 - 18/03/2009 17:47 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
cyclonecece Offline
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Loc: Brandon.. QLD..EX Karratha
from wz news,with winds like that you would think a warning would have gone out.A storm packing gusts of 100 km/h ripped through the northern capital just after 9pm last night.

The winds are the strongest seen in Darwin since the build-up last October.

In terms of rain, the storms didn't bring much - 22mm at Fort Hill Wharf the top - miniscule for this tropical part of the country.

The gusty storms are forming in a drier atmosphere - which causes rain to evaporate as it falls, reaching the surface as a cool, strong gust of wind instead of water. The temperature drop from the storm last night got the mercury down to 22 degrees - the first time this has happened, day or night, since last October.

The drier feel is a sign of the Dry Season to come, though the Wet may not be over yet. Another monsoon burst could squeeze in over the Top End before the likely start of the Dry in late April.

In the meantime, isolated monsoon 'break' storms are likely to return early next week as instability builds near a low pressure trough.

- Weatherzone

Weatherzone 2009

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#545882 - 18/03/2009 20:05 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
babichacha Offline
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Registered: 01/08/2006
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Loc: Darwin - City Valley
It has been very dry season here today. It was sunny with a cloudless sky and the humidity got down to 25% this afternoon. Originally they were forecasting a late storm for tonight, but on the news they already claimed that it is no longer a possibility. frown

Bring back the weather!!!

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#545883 - 18/03/2009 21:18 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
JimmyGray Offline
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Registered: 29/08/2008
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Loc: Palmerston NT
yeh..........BORING!

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#545884 - 18/03/2009 21:47 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
gecko Offline
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Loc: Coconut Grove, Darwin, NT.
this is Dry Season preview

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#545885 - 19/03/2009 12:39 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
Jacci Offline
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Registered: 26/04/2008
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Loc: Top End, Storm Capital of Aus ...
It'll be back! smile Early next week we could see our cualiflower towers reappearing me thinks wink
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#545886 - 20/03/2009 17:49 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
Jacci Offline
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Registered: 26/04/2008
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Loc: Top End, Storm Capital of Aus ...
A little storm cell over Dundee/Daly area this afternoon and a few little showery echos...
Activity should gradually increase from here on.
I will not be surprised to see Hector this weekend and a storm around Darwin by Tuesday or so... wink

We average about 300+ mm for March, the wet still has a bit to offer yet in my (not so humble) opinion! laugh
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#545887 - 20/03/2009 20:35 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
zoso-wx Offline
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Registered: 16/09/2005
Posts: 644
Loc: Bakewell on the escarpment, st...
Yes the Wet is far from over, still got the knock em downs to go at the very least, spear grass isn't quite ready yet it seems as the gusty lines of last week/weekend didn't do anything really lol. Will be surprised if we get another monsoon burst but some action to be had yet with any luck smile

:cheers:

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#545888 - 21/03/2009 11:20 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
JimmyGray Offline
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Registered: 29/08/2008
Posts: 1579
Loc: Palmerston NT
Yeh we need this huge area of low pressure off the QLD coast to disperse or do something creative! It seems to be the focal point for ANY attempt at monsoon trough development and as such is bleeding us dry with a broad area of SE dry winds

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#545889 - 23/03/2009 21:31 Re: Top End Wet Season 2008/09 - March 2009
cyclonecece Offline
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Registered: 08/01/2007
Posts: 7823
Loc: Brandon.. QLD..EX Karratha
This is not sounding too good.from wz..Darwin may be having its driest March in 22 years with the city still 200mm short of the monthly average, and there's only a week to go until April, the traditional drying out time.

There has been no rain since last Tuesday night, when a wild storm swept through. Darwin airport has only received 110mm this month, compared to the monthly average of 319mm.

The last five days have brought some 'dry season' type weather. The humidity has been as low as about 20% some afternoons compared to the normal 65%. There have also been some very warm days, two-to-three above average. On Sunday the Tiwi Island footy grand final was played in 35-degree heat, the hottest March day in 29 years of records.

If there is less than 10mm of rain this week it will be the driest March in 22 years. So far there have only been three drier since records began 68 years ago.

The dry spell should end in the next few days. There is an increased chance of gusty showers and storms, but these will be too brief to bring a lot of rain, possibly less than 10mm in total.

April is a good chance to be quite dry too as a weak monsoon trough persists well off the north coast. This may be the start of the 'dry'.

- Weatherzone

Weatherzone 2009

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