La Nina persists as Queensland faces heavy rainfall
10 Might 2022
The La Nina climate system that has introduced widespread flooding this 12 months is persisting, the Bureau of Meteorology stated right now, whereas additionally warning of torrential rainfall within the subsequent few days over components of Queensland.
“La Nina continues within the tropical Pacific, with little change in energy previously few weeks,” the bureau’s newest replace says.
Tropical Pacific sea floor temperatures, cloudiness close to the Date Line, and the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) have maintained or barely elevated energy, however beneath the floor waters have warmed nearer to impartial ranges and most fashions proceed to point an finish to the La Nina by early winter.
The bureau says two thirds of Queensland is presently underneath flood watch, with heavy rain anticipated to unfold throughout a lot of the state, largely affecting northern and inland areas.
Totals may exceed 200mm over the north tropical coast and decrease Burdekin areas and attain a lot larger ranges in some areas, Meteorologist Jackson Browne says.
“We must always see falls in remoted pockets as much as 500mm in components of the coast facet of the Nice Divide,” he stated.
Heaviest falls are forecast to stay north of the southeast Queensland and NSW Northern Rivers areas hard-hit by the catastrophic flooding in February and March.
“The expectation with the northern NSW rainfall is that we gained’t see very excessive impacts, like we’re seeing north of the border,” Mr Browne stated.
RACQ spokesperson Kate Leonard-Jones says the climate system has the potential to be a major occasion in Queensland given many areas are already saturated from latest heavy rain.
“There may be an elevated threat of flash flooding, notably round creeks or streams following quick, intense rainfall,” Ms Leonard-Jones stated.