Kaitlin Tremain, 9, and Ebony Johnson-Torr, 11, make the most of the sunshine at the Gladstone Marina following recent rain.
Kaitlin Tremain, 9, and Ebony Johnson-Torr, 11, make the most of the sunshine at the Gladstone Marina following recent rain. JEN TYBELL

Sun comes out at last

“IT’S raining, it’s pouring”... and for some kids the school holidays have become a bit boring.

With the Gladstone region recording its wettest September on record, it seems the unexpected weather conditions have put a bit of a dampener on school holiday activities, in particular, those outdoors.

With a rather wet and soggy school holidays thus far, children and parents across the Gladstone region breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday as the sun decided to peek out and have a play.

While yesterday’s weather provided the perfect opportunity for many to finally head outdoors, the bad news is that this break in weather could be relatively brief with more rainfall activity expected in coming days.

Speaking with The Observer yesterday, Rockhampton Weather Bureau forecaster Mike Marrinan confirmed Gladstone had registered its wettest September in its 52 years of recordings.

Mr Marrinan said the 130.2 millimetres of rainfall recorded at the Gladstone airport gauge was well above the previous highest September rainfall recording of 89.6mm in 1998.

He said this tally was well above the average September rainfall tally of 28.2mm for Gladstone.

“We have had a persistent series of upper level and surface troughs which have really hovered over Central Australia for a week,” Mr Marrinan said.

“These have provided rain days which are right out of the ordinary for September.

“September is generally one of the driest months of the year.”

With the Gladstone region recording about eight days of rainfall this month, the last official tally for September was read yesterday with a majority of the rain gauges around the region showing the effects of one to two big downpours which occurred on Wednesday.

In the 24-hour period leading up to 9am yesterday, Miriam Vale had recorded an impressive 42mm of rain while Gladstone Radar followed second on the local list with a 32mm recording and Gladstone Airport registered 22mm.

Overall for the month of September, Rewan (in the Calliope-Boyne catchment) recorded an astounding 193.9mm which bettered its previous mark of 178.2mm.



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