Blackall town centre received a number of heavy downpours.
Blackall town centre received a number of heavy downpours.

Wild weather week in the west

IN towns all around the southwest, seeing rain in the gauges last week was nothing short of miraculous.

For many locations, Wednesday was the first time in months that residents had seen any fall, and it was all thanks to two weather systems which collided in a perfect storm.

A surface trough in channel county, combined with a layer of warm moist air being channelled down by an upper trough fed in to showers and storms which drenched Blackall, Tambo and Quilpie – falls were recorded at the 107mm mark in Blackall town by the end of the rain event.

Storm coming over Blackall.
Storm coming over Blackall.

More of the southwest got a taste of the good stuff over the weekend, with rain finally reaching St George, Roma, Thargomindah and Bollon – with the latter two also being ravaged by dust storms.

The second weather system was welcome relief, even though Queensland only saw a small fraction of it, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

“We had a really strong weather system move through southeast Australia over the weekend, and that extended through into south western parts of Queensland,” meteorologist Dean Narramore said.

It seems Jonathan Thurston brought the rain to Quilpie; his visit last week marked the start of the rain event.
It seems Jonathan Thurston brought the rain to Quilpie; his visit last week marked the start of the rain event.

“Now the majority of that rain fell over Victoria and New South Wales … but we saw that wonderful event bring heaps of welcome rain to much of the west.

“Down near Thargomindah we saw about two or three millimetres, and then unfortunately a big dust storm on the wind change that moved through the southwestern part of Queensland.”

Moving forward, it looks as though the region won’t see much more of the wet stuff.

24mm of rain got Justine’s kids excited in Cunnamulla.
24mm of rain got Justine’s kids excited in Cunnamulla.

“Unfortunately the weather system finished up on Monday, and we have a hot and sunny week on the way.” Mr Narramore said.

“A hot north-westerly will return and we will see the heat return in to the high 30s and possibly 40 degrees, particularly as we move in to the middle and later part of the week.”

Rain event totals

Over seven days of rain events, the region received varied falls. Towns across the southwest recorded:

  • Blackall: 124mm
  • Charleville: 32mm
  • Mitchell: 15mm
  • Cunnamulla: 14mm
  • Bollon: 10mm
  • Thargomindah: 6mm
  • St George: 4.6mm
  • Roma: 2.2mm

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