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Rainfall average smashed

ABUNDANT rainfall at Banora Point over the past six months has drowned the amount usually recorded in an entire year.

Rainfall recorder Clifford Clothier says that during 2009, Banora Point has already experienced more rain than its yearly average.

“I've been keeping records here since 1993 and the yearly average is 1707 millimetres,” Mr Clothier said.

“In the six months of this year, we've already had 1814mm, so we're a good 100mm over already.”

Monday night's heavy downpours saw roads and paddocks across the region under water yesterday.

Mr Clothier said in the 24 hours until 3pm yesterday, 131mm of rain fell at Banora Point.

For the same period of time, 99mm was recorded at Tweed Heads, Cabarita recorded 83mm, and Kingscliff received 92.5mm. Chillingham received 35.5mm of rain and for the 24 hours to 9am yesterday, 37.4mm fell at Murwillumbah.

“We've had 251mm this month,” Mr Clothier said.

“It varies a little bit between here, Tweed Heads, Kingscliff and Murwil- lumbah. It can be pouring here and you get to Murwillumbah and they have not had a drop.

“But it looks like we're heading for another pretty wet year the way we are going.”


• Banora Point 131mm

• Tweed Heads 99mm

• Kingscliff 92.5mm

• Cabarita 83mm

• Murwillumbah 37.4mm

• Chillingham 35.5mm

• Coolangatta 67mm

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