For southern readers, who may have almost forgotten what rain looks like, here on Magnetic Island we can happily report that it does still fall in the north and, over the last week, in abundance.
While all the Island's creeks and watercourses are flowing swiftly and residents along the West Point track have been temporarily cut off, Nelly Bay resident and precipitation enthusiast, David Growcott, has recorded 565mm or over 22 inches of rain since January 30th.
Looking down Gustav Creek between the Barton and Sooning Street bridges.
Looking up Gustav Creek towards the Barton Street Bridge
For the record, David takes his records from 6am to 6am and here is his breakdown for the month so far: Jan 29-30: 6mm Jan 30-31: 100mm Jan 31-Feb1: 235mm Feb 1-2: 86mm Feb 2-3: 138mm
David accepts that the pattern can be very localised across the Island with great variability from bay to bay and even within the same bay but for those interested in what rain has fallen on the Island the recordings provide something more specific rather than for Townsville as is generally reported. David also observed that last February saw only 29mm recorded in Nelly Bay for the whole month.
With a low expected to form early next week off the north Queensland coast and the possibility that it could form a cyclone it is likely that Magnetic and its surrounds will be in for a lot more.
Story & photos: George Hirst
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Island rain recorded
We live in Horseshoe Bay and record rainfall at around 6.00 am We recorded 29/30: 11mils; 30/31: 56 mls; 31/1: 216 mls; 1/2: 45mls; 2/3: 82 mls.
Hi I also live in Horseshoe Bay closer to the beach front next to the lagoon in Henry Lawson Drive and have a 12 inch rain gauge, here are our recordings from Sunday 28/01/07 to Sunday 4th feb
9 am Sunday 28th to Monday 29th 9am 200ml
9am Monday 29th to Wednesday 31st 3pm 154ml
3pm Wednesday to Friday 2nd 9am 310ml I went to townsville and the gauge was overflowing when i returned on friday
9am Friday to 9am Saturday 145ml
9am Saturday to 9am Sunday 4th feb 75ml
Which makes a total of 884ml in the old scale 35.36 inches nearly 3 feet of rain no wonder we are so wet and watch the mould grow before your eyes.