Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monsoon Rain to hit
BRISBANE should brace for storms in the next few hours as the beginning of a predicted monsoon front begins to make its presence felt.
A Bureau of Meteorology forecaster said the storm patterns were to the north and west of the city and would pass over about 5pm, bringing with it “a mixture of showers, storms and rain activity”.
``They’re very close now though so really it could rain anytime,” he said.
The forecaster said the rain would last – on and off – for most of the evening, in yet more heartening news for the south-east corner’s dams, which were looking to burst through the 30 per cent mark overnight.
The forecaster said this afternoon’s showers would not bring any hail or high winds and would pale by comparison to tomorrow’s activity where monsoonal conditions were expected to bring more than 50mm of much-needed rain to the capital.
Earlier, forecasters predicted the city will receive 50mm when monsoon conditions hit.
The downpours could push our water supplies to the magical 30 per cent mark.
The combined dam levels were yesterday at almost 28.5 per cent but are almost certain to rise after another more cloud-bursts overnight.
Most parts of Brisbane scored at least 25mm of rain in the past 24 hours with suburbs on the southern outskirts receiving more than 50mm
The Bureau of Meteorology said more storms would pass through this afternoon or early this evening.
But the best of the rain will emerge tomorrow, a spokesman said.
"Tomorrow will be the heavier rain, later tomorrow and tomorrow evening", he said.
"I think in the 24 hour period tomorrow from 9am Wednesday to 9am Thursday some areas can expect in excess of 50mm."
Flooding in the Gold Coast has forced the closure of more roads.
Police said this morning motorists should avoid Guanaba Creek Road and Hardys Road in Mudgeeraba.
The Goat Track at Tamborine Mountain Road and Henry Roberts Drive has also been closed because of a landslide.
Posted by Paul Martin at 3:57 PM