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Rains soaks parts of Qld, NSW and southern WA

Beef Central, 12/11/2012

A slow-moving trough brought some of the heaviest November rain in more than a decade to parts of Queensland and New South Wales over the weekend.

Weatherzone said a slow moving trough over eastern Australia fed by winds which were drawing moisture off the Coral Sea caused the widespread rain and thunderstorms.

The heaviest falls were recorded at Dunollie and Mundubbera in Queensland, where 118mm fell in the rain gauge. Further inland, Isisford collected 52mm, which is one and a half times the district’s monthly average. Kingaroy Airport recorded 67mm, making it the heaviest rain during November for 11 years. Toolara in the Wide Bay/Burnett district received 68mm, its heaviest November fall in 16 years.

Northeast NSW also saw heavy rain, with falls of up to 76mm at Lismore. Casino managed 72mm including 61mm in one hour, making it the heaviest November rain in at least 18 years.

The trough was due to move into the Coral Sea yesterday, with significantly drier weather expected across eastern Australia today.

Falls of round 20mm were also recorded in south western Western Australia over the weekend as a trough and cold front swept through the region.

Recorded measurements included 12mm in Albany, 21mm at Black Cat Flat and 20mm at Sunny Glen 20mm.

WeatherZone said the rain added to what has been a very soggy start to November for south west WA. Only a third of the way through the month some centres have already exceeded their monthly average rainfall.

Albany has recorded 54mm so far with a monthly average of 47mm. This now makes it the third November in a row of above average rainfall. Perth is well clear of their November average. The airport has recorded 36mm on an average of just 26mm.

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