Higgins: 500mm deluge for north QLD as tropical low brews

Storm chaser Jeff Higgins said there's a "high chance" of a tropical low developing in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Source: Higgins Storm Chasing.
Storm chaser Jeff Higgins said there's a "high chance" of a tropical low developing in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Source: Higgins Storm Chasing.

DARK, heavy rain clouds gathering to Gladstone's north-east is a sight we can expect to see for much of the coming week.

The Bureau of Meteorology said south-easterly winds coming from off the coast in the next week will bring showers this weekend and much of next week.

But there could be a much bigger system developing.

Despite forecasts of a tropical low developing in the Gulf and Queensland's north-west, BOM meteorologist James Thompson said "we aren't even talking about where it could go yet".

West Queensland and the Gulf country are currently on flood watch, with BOM forecasting widespread falls of 30-50mm for this weekend.

They are expecting localised heavy falls to reach 100mm -- a conservative estimate against Jeff Higgins' forecast of a possible 500mm deluge.

We believe there is now a high chance of a Tropical Low developing in the Gulf of Carpentaria mid next week. The system...

Posted by Higgins Storm Chasing on Friday, March 11, 2016

The storm chaser updated his forecast this morning for the system, saying it's "now a high chance of a tropical low developing" in the Gulf of Carpentaria by mid-week, with a moderate chance of developing into a tropical cyclone.

He expects the system to then move south-east into the Coral Sea by Tuesday.

But where or if it will move from there remains unknown.

Topics:  cyclone gladstone gladstone region tropical low wild weather

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