Walker tips wet time in February

By RENLANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

LONG-range forecaster Haydon Walker was right about a wet January and now he says February should also bring more rain.

Mr Walker, who bases his predictions on sunspot activity, said there should be reasonably good to good rains in February.

In October last year, during a period of extended dry weather, Mr Walker forecast heavy falls and even flooding for the Gladstone region during early 2005.

Parts of the Gladstone area received more than 150mm of rain during the past few days. But more is to come.

'There has been a huge outbreak of sunspot activity in January, particularly the huge No. 720 which appeared on January 10 and lasted until January 22 when it fell off the sun's disc,' he said.

Mr Walker said this would re-sult in a wet February. He said that activity would bring heavy rains to the north, down as far as Mackay, but Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg, although they would benefit from that activity, would not get the same intensity of rain.

'The Central Queensland coast should make the most of the February rains because they should start to dissipate during March for a dry Autumn and Winter.'

The activity could also bring about formation of cyclones in the northern part of the state.

He said cyclones could complicate predictions 'because you never can know where they will go'.

He said the end of the year, during the Spring and Summer months, conditions could be the same as they were in 2004.

In 2002 Mr Walker predicted the Gladstone region would receive enough rain during the early parts of 2003 to fill Awoonga Dam.

The former Cyclone Beni nearly fulfilled his predictions.



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