Written by TFM on 16/01/2024
Latest media releases on our weather across the Top End.
Heads up, Top End! The monsoonal flow is cranking up, bringing with it some serious weather conditions. We’re talking high winds and heavy rainfall.
Keep an eye on the storm band north of Wadeye over the western Daly. Other areas might be affected, but the heavy falls are less likely north of Adelaide River.
Damaging Wind Gusts: Up to 90 km/h near the low and in monsoon squalls.
HOW TO STAY SAFE:
Secure Loose Items: Tie down anything that might go flying.
Stay Informed: Keep an eye on official channels for real-time updates – http://www.bom.gov.au/nt/warnings/
Shelter Up: Find a safe spot away from windows.
Hold Off on Travel: If you can, postpone plans until the weather chills out.
Emergency Kit: Pack essentials – water, snacks, flashlight, and basic first aid.
Pets Included: Don’t forget about your furry friends – bring them inside and ensure they’re safe too!
From Palmerston Weather’s facebook page.
Record Rain….just not in Darwin.
Port Keats (Wadeye) have set a new January daily rain record. Beating 230.6mm, Wadeye received 335mm to 9am 15/1/24, the most for January since records began there in 1938 and nearly made it into the top 10 for all of the NT.
NT University recorded 104mm, however I feel this may need checking, but given Leanyer recorded 64, it could be legitimate, and that a well placed stream of rain hit the northern suburbs. Lucky, because previous months had camels and sand-dunes forming in the area .
27mm Darwin airport. Monthly total 204.8mm, not even half of the monthly average, which should be much higher during a monsoon.
51mm Howard Springs
48mm McMinns Lagoon
40mm Palmerston Weather
34mm Katherine (bridge).