16 January, 2024
Record rainfall year
MAREEBA better be careful or it may lose its “300 sunny days a year” tagline given that more than two metres of rain hammered the town last year, creating one for the record books.
During last year, 2059mm of rain was recorded at Mareeba, the highest since records began in 1895.
A massive 881mm of rain fell in December, creating another record for rainfall for that month of the year.
Walkamin and Atherton also suffered record rainfall – Walkamin had 1936mm, the highest on records that go back to 1965, and broke the record for December rainfall, with 765mm falling.
Atherton had 2400mm of rain in 2023 which is the highest annual total since 2000.
More rain is on the radar this week, but Tinaroo Falls Dam doesn’t need it, with the facility still at 103.6%.