Thats not rain; 2005 was wet
THE torrential rain which cascaded onto the Tweed and the Northern Rivers on January 24-25, causing major flooding across the region are just minnows compared to the greatest one-day January inundation of the Tweed since the Bureau of Meteorology began keeping records in 1986.
A total of 153.6 millilitres of rain bucketed down on January 25 and the next day another 128mm ensured our rivers and creeks would burst their banks.
That January 25 total is well below the 268mm of rain which pelted the district on January 20, 2006. And that in turn is dwarfed by the record all-time one-day rainfall which deluged Tweed Heads on June 30, 2005.
The rain was like a waterfall pelting down, with 382mm being recorded at the BoM rain gauge at Coolangatta-Tweed Heads Golf Club.
This February will be much wetter than February 2011 - so far this month 136.8mm has fallen compared with 74.2mm for the entire month last year.