A cloud band over Australia, more than 3,000km long, has brought rain from the Kimberley in Western Australia, to Adelaide in South Australia.
After the driest wet season in 11 years, the Kimberley is currently being saturated with heavy rainfall welcomed in lowland cattle stations, but a flash-flood risk in the mountain gorges.
It’s quite likely that every state in Australia will receive some rain from this system, even the desert outback west of Queensland. The air mass is tropical in origin so contains a lot of moisture which is producing a lot of rain.
Western Australia has recorded the most rain so far; Mandora in the southwest Kimberley, has posted a 24 hour total of 134mm. This is nearly six times the may average.
In the 24 hours to 9am local time on Saturday morning, West Roebuck, near Broome, recorded 67mm of rain. That's more than six times the average for the entire month of May in just one day. Even Telfer, a remote mining town in the Great Sandy Desert, boasted 70mm of rain. That represents four times the May norm.
It started raining on the sandstone monolith of Uluru, on Thursday morning. The nearby town of Yulara has racked up a total of 59mm. May is the second wettest month in this part of Australia but even so, this is twice the monthly average.
Before the system clears, it has the potential to deposit anything up to 100mm of rain over South Australia and the outback of Queensland and New South Wales.
Source: Al Jazeera