Katherine headed for record September rain

BIG RAIN: The Bureau of Meteorology map shows how the big totals have been scattered around Katherine. graphic: Bureau of Meteorology.

BIG RAIN: The Bureau of Meteorology map shows how the big totals have been scattered around Katherine. graphic: Bureau of Meteorology.

UPDATE: KATHERINE is on track to post its biggest recorded September rain total after further showers yesterday added to the unseasonal dump of 61mm overnight on Sunday.

FURIOUS RAIN: Thunderstorms rolled in on Katherine about 8 last night. Picture: Chris McLennan.

FURIOUS RAIN: Thunderstorms rolled in on Katherine about 8 last night. Picture: Chris McLennan.

A total of 61.2mm was officially recorded after thunderstorms burst over the Top End town after Sunday.

Only a further millimetre of rain is needed to beat the record from 30 years ago with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting even more storms for the rest of the week with the possibility of between 5-10mm each day right through until Friday.

The long-term average September rainfall for Katherine is 7.7mm.

The wettest September on record was in 1986 when 65.4mm was recorded.

While September has been wet, the rest of the year has been dry with the total for the year about 380mm against a long-term average of 733.2mm because of the failure of this year’s “wet” season.

BIG TOTALS: Katherine rain gauges recorded the big dump of rain, a possible September record for Katherine. Picture: Chris McLennan.

BIG TOTALS: Katherine rain gauges recorded the big dump of rain, a possible September record for Katherine. Picture: Chris McLennan.

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