KINGAROY RAINFALL

2011

 


Official
readings for Kingaroy are taken at the Kingaroy Airport.

 94549  -  KINGAROY AIRPORT  -  151.8398E, 26.5737S, 434m ASL


KINGAROY Town  -  151.5072E, 26.3232S, 437m ASL

The rainfall ( in mm ) reported here is read from a commercial rain gauge mounted in the open on a post 2 metres off the ground at our home in Kingaroy itself, some 5km from the Kingaroy Airport.



Here is a link to our States' water resources. 

(The Dam closest to our area is the Bjelke-Petersen Dam

SunWater - Queensland Water Storage Information

 


Readings are taken at 9.00 am


(1)

Because we had been having  LOT of rain in recent days, Judy and myself went for a drive to see how the Barkers Creek was going.
As it wasn't "over" at the bridge, I continued into Nanango.
 
To my surprise, various areas around Nanango were flooded. One such area was near the Nanango Bowls Club where they were doing roadwork.
The road was well and truly closed by floodwaters.

I didn't have my camera to take a pic. Judy reminded me that my new iPhone4 had a camera. I hadn't used it but decided to try it out.

The link below is the result. Keep in mind that what you are seeing is my attempt at taking a "still" picture. While I found a button to click, I didn't workout till a few seconds later that I was actually taking a video!
So, the moving about was me attempting to frame the shot. Once I realized what I was doing, I held the phone more firmly. I was amazed at how it turned out and decided to put it on YouTube, as at the time, it seemed very impressive. Since then though, it has paled into insignificance.

For what it is, here is the link :

Flooding in Nanango, Queensland, Australia - around 4pm 7th Jan 2011. Near the Bowls Club
 

Below are the still pics I eventually took after I worked out the buttons.
 

 


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Below are images I had been following.

There was a HUGE (to me anyway) Upper Air Low pressure system, with the centre virtually stationary over the Rockhampton/Gladstone area.

My brother lives in Tannum Sands, near Gladstone.
I rang him and he could see storms out to sea, which seemed to be rotating in the same area for hours.
That made sense to me, based me on the pictures I was seeing on the computer (see below).

At the same time, moisture was feeding in from the sea, over the area, Fraser Island and below, from the bands of the Low.

I continued to follow the system. It very slowly moved South and slightly West.
 
A line of storms, and it was virtually a line of storms, from out to sea, over the coast and inland to our area, dumped huge rainfall.

The line of storms was so linear, that looking at the satellite pictures in animation, it seemed as though someone with a huge hose was streaming massive volumes of water from the sea onto the land.

Over the next couple of days, that line wavered and flooded areas up to the level of Fraser Island and then back down over the Sunshine Coast.
The western end of the line varied from our area to up around Gayndah.
This resulted in Gympie and Maryborough being flooded.
Even inland towns like Kilkivan and Woolooga had massive flooding.

On the 10th of Jan, the line moved over our area, with continuous storms with thunder and lightning, dumping huge falls, which flooded our creeks, dams and rivers.

That afternoon, the line had extended over the Toowoomba area where it dumped amazing amounts of flood rain which caused terrible flash flooding and loss of lives in Toowoomba and, to the east of Toowoomba in the Lockyer Valley, in places like Murphy's Creek, Postman's Ridge, Withcott and Grantham.

Whole houses and businesses were washed away with people in and on them.

At the same time the runoff from the catchment area - part of which is our area - of the Brisbane River was filling the Wivenhoe Dam.
Even though they tried to manage the release of the water from the Wivenhoe Dam, the volume of inflow was too much and huge volumes of water had to be released.

The water from the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley areas meets the Brisbane River just below the Wivenhoe Dam.

The effect of this volume of water combining, meant Ipswich and Brisbane were flooded in a similar way to the 1974 floods.

The results were no great surprise to many of us who follow weather, as many conversations had taken place about how the ground was so saturated from months of wet weather, that instead of rain soaking in, it would run off into waterways.

I was living in Brisbane in 1974 and saw the floods.
I heard how the Wivenhoe Dam was to be built as a "flood mitigation" measure to prevent Brisbane from ever flooding again.
This was to mean that the huge volumes of water heading towards Brisbane from the catchment area, was to be held and then released when the rain event was safely over.
 
In recent years though, with the many years of drought, people looked to the Wivenhoe Dam for drinking water, as many commentators were saying,
because of "climate change", huge areas of Australia would become dry.
Generations had grown up with only lack of water in their mind.

I don't think many people could understand the events of 1974 and various flood years earlier back to the 1800's.
A lot thought of our stories as fanciful and exaggerated.

To me, even though the dam had a "flood compartment", which was supposed to cope with flood waters, the idea that the dam had to be "100% full", as the people and media on the coast kept harping on about,
caused the loss of the necessary space to buffer the huge volumes of water that were possible from the Brisbane River catchment area.

That lack of space lead to too much water being released, because of real fears of the dam overflowing,
during the massive flow of water downstream of the dam
, from the Lockyer Valley, which then flowed on to Brisbane and Ipswich at a critical time.

The people living now, hopefully will pass on their experiences of the 2011 Floods and hopefully, their offspring will take heed.

During the past few months, massive flooding has occurred over huge areas of Queensland,
including Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Dalby, Condamine, Chinchilla, St George, Warwick, Ingham, Townsville, Rockhampton, Emerald, Theodore, Bundaberg, Kilkivan and Woolooga
and no doubt I've missed somewhere.

My thoughts that Sun Spot activity causes weather changes have been reinforced by the recent events.
 
If you look at the graph, you can see the rising numbers which coincided with the big changes in our weather.

I feel that the changes in our weather here on Earth,
that we have named El Nino, La Nina and the SOI,
are the resultant effects of changing Sun Spot activity,
on the surface and atmosphere of the Earth.

Therefore, they are NOT leading indicators.
To me, Sun Spot activity is the leading indicator. Be they rising or falling numbers.

But that's just my layman's thoughts, from observations over my 61 years here on Earth.

Time will tell.



Below is an early stage of the Upper Air low in Colorized Infra Red that I continued to monitor.
Because I saw the massive size of it, and how it was dragging huge volumes of moisture off the Coral Sea and how stationary it was for so long, and therefore the potential massive effects, I saved the pictures below.


 Click on the picture to see a larger version

Thanks to

NESDIS Satellite Services Division

MTSAT Infrared Colorized Image Loop - Satellite Services Division - Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution

7th Jan 2011 11.32Z
( 8th Jan 2011 7.32am Eastern Standard Time)

 

Thanks to Weatherzone
Queensland water vapour weather satellite and lightning tracker
(The feature below is only available if you subscribe to Weatherzone Silver)

Below is the Water Vapour view of the effects of the Upper Air Low.

8th Jan 2011 4.00pm Eastern Standard Time
 

 

 

8th Jan 2011 5.00pm Eastern Standard Time

 

   
 

Click on the above pictures for larger versions.
(Large files - around 1MB)


8th January 2011
around midday

Eastern approach to Lee's Bridge which crosses
 Barkers Creek on Barker's Creek Road
 

8th January 2011
around midday

Water over the Nanango - Goomeri Road at Reedy Creek
 near Pearsons


(3)

Thanks to a friend, Gunter Glaser, for the pictures below.

     
  Somerset Street, Kingaroy

8.10am 11th Jan 2011
 
     
   
     
  Avoca Street, Kingaroy
Looking towards IGA shopping centre

8.12am 11th Jan 2011
 
     
     
     
 
     
     
  Embrey's Bridge which crosses Barkers Creek between Kingaroy and Nanango

8.36am 11th Jan 2011
 

 


(4) 

Around 6pm Tuesday 18th January.Taken at Sonaree Drive, Kingaroy. Looking East/South East.

 


 


(5)

1032Z - 30-01-2011

(Sunday - 8.32pm - 30-1-2011 Eastern Standard Time)

Cyclone Anthony and Cyclone Yasi


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2132Z - 30-01-2011

(Monday - 7.32am - 31-1-2011 Eastern Standard Time)

Cyclone Anthony and Cyclone Yasi


(7)

Thanks to Weatherzone

Frost has arrived in our backyard. Below are a few pics.

I expect a lot more frosty mornings, as this year reminds me of my childhood, when we had very wet Summers and very cold Winters.

 


 

Date Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
1                        
2 16                      
3 14           .5          
4 20   1   1         1    
5     35                  
6 14 1 4             1.5   6.5
7 (1)

16
1               12   18.5
8 (2)

28

                31   33
9 16 3.5   3.5 30         5   4.5
10 48               6     30
11 (3)

94
                    9
12 2.5     9   7.5           4.5
13           4.5            
14                        
15                   9    
16             12     4.5   2.5
17   24         2          
18 4.5                      
19  (4)

12
  17 12.5                
20 11   33     (7)            
21 9   5   4              
22   28.5 3.5                  
23       3                
24         11     7     .5  
25                     1  
26                        
27               10   18    
28       .5       20        
29       .5           2    
30 (5)       11 3     7      
31 (6)                 17    
Monthly Totals 305 58 98.5 29 57 15 14.5 37 13 101 1.5 108.5
Days Rained 14 5 7 6 5 3 3 3 2 10 2 8
Cumulative Rainfall 305 363 461.5 490.5 547.5 562.5 577 614 627 728 729.5 838
Cumulative Days Rained 14 19 26 32 37 40 43 46 48 58 60 68

2010 RAINFALL

Monthly Totals 68 102.5 237 36.5

30

8

18

104.5

134.5

104

26

416
Days Rained 7 8 11 4

6

3

3

6

10

7

7 20
Cumulative Rainfall 68 170.5 407.5 444

474

482

500

604.5

739

843

869 1285
Cumulative Days Rained 7 15 26 30

36

39

42

48

58

65

72 92
Date Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
1 .5 46 .5 (4) 20

1

         

1

1

2 .5 13 58.5                 30
3     49      

5.5

        3
4 6   1                

3.5

5                

6.5

10

 

17

6     (1) 90          

60

 

8

4

7     14                  
8 28 8.5 12            

4

 

3.5

9 2.5   2            

39

 

3

10              

1.5

       
11     4        

59

10.5

9.5

   
12       12

2.5

       

12

 

51

13     (2) 3            

.5

 
14                        
15          

1

   

1.5

 

2

 
16   20              

28

   
17   2.5 (3)                

61

18 2.5 10    

3.5

     

1.5

   

1

19          

1.5

   

1.5

 

6.5

19

20            

5

18

9

   

(5) 74

21        

1

   

9.5

15

     
22   1.5   1.5                
23                    

5.5

29

24              

13

     

11

25        

14

     

2

1.5

 

4

26              

3.5

     

19

27                      

50

28   1                  

26

29     5  

8

 

7.5

 

27

   

6

30 28   1    

5.5

       

2.5

 
31                        
Monthly Totals 68 102.5 237 36.5

30

8

18

104.5

134.5

104

26

416
Days Rained 7 8 11 4

6

3

3

6

10

7

7 20
Cumulative Rainfall 68 170.5 407.5 444

474

482

500

604.5

739

843

869 1285
Cumulative Days Rained 7 15 26 30

36

39

42

48

58

65

72 92

2009 RAINFALL

Monthly Totals 59.5 99 14 48.5 62.5 82 0 0 21 41 24 123.5
Days Rained 8 9 7 8 6 7 0 0 3 7 5 10
Cumulative Rainfall 59.5 158.5 172.5 221 283.5 365.5 365.5 365.5 386.5 427.5 451.5 575
Cumulative Days Rained 8 17 24 32 38 45 45 45 48 55 60 70
 Date Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
1   1.5             2      
2 6                     5
3 1 2 .5  3.5 1              
4 1     3.5   .5            
5     5.5 19         8
 
9
   
6                    
3.5
(plus a beetle)
 
7         2 4         .5  
8                 11      
9                        
10    
 
.5
              3.5  
11   8   .5           1    
12   .5 .5 1                
13     2 3.5 1         .5   34
14   17  
17
          4 3.5  
15   4                    
16           8.5           30
17   1 4.5                  
18                     13  
19         10         1.5    
20    
5
    46             .5
21  
60
                  8
22     .5     .5            
23 34         19.5           1
24 1.5       2.5             1
25                        
26 2     .5   3       1    
27 13         46       24   9
28 1                      
29                       11
30                       24
31                        

2008 RAINFALL

Monthly Totals 115.5 189 22 2.5 34 32 92 8 24.5 28 116 121.5
Days Rained 13 14 3 2 2 5 12 2 4 6 9 10
Cumulative Rainfall 115.5 304.5 326.5 329 363 395 487 495 519.5 547.5 663.5 785
Cumulative Days Rained 13 27 30 32 34 39 51 53 57 63 72 82
 Date Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
1   1       1            
2 1         11            
3 3.5 1       10            
4 10 17       5     3      
5 1.5 60         .75   12      
6   30         1   4   9 16
7   31         4         10.5
8 40         5 31       4 12.5
9                     18 14
10 1.5                 2    
11 16                 13    
12 18 11               1    
13   8                   2
14   5.5         1     2    
15                        
16 1 1.5         2     7    
17             2.75       2  
18   1.5                 6  
19       1             15  
20 1                   54  
21             5   5.5      
22 5     1.5           3    
23             3.5          
24             28          
25             11         6
26   6                   .5
27   13 3               6 .5
28 6.5   10       2 4       58
29   1.5 9               2 1.5
30         23     4        
31 11       11              


 

 


 

The above chart, converted from points to mm, is produced from a newspaper clipping in 1970.

A schoolmate, Don Knopke, found it while cleaning his Uncles office.

 

 

 



For comparison with actual rainfall, as I believe that the Sun controls the majority of our ( the whole of the Earth ) weather, below are graphs showing the changing sunspot activity.

Here is a link to the graphs as shown below.

Thanks to
NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center

Here and here is other interesting information.

 

 

 

 

Last Updated : 28/01/2012 11:58 AM +1000