Here we go again, monsoon to return

BOUNCE BACK: The Katherine River has risen sharply from a low flow courtesy of some big thunderstorms in the past week.
BOUNCE BACK: The Katherine River has risen sharply from a low flow courtesy of some big thunderstorms in the past week.

Here we go again, the monsoon is set to have a major influence over the Top End in the next week.

Historically, the month of March sees the highest frequency of tropical cyclones in the Australian region.

Katherine has already busted its monthly rainfall average with Monday’s downpour.

The town has recorded 180mm in the past week against a monthly average of 170mm courtesy of some terrific thunderstorms.

TAKING STEPS: The Katherine River is rising and falling. Graphic: Bureau of Meteorology.

TAKING STEPS: The Katherine River is rising and falling. Graphic: Bureau of Meteorology.

The Bureau of Meteorology today said the monsoon trough is set to return to northern Australia

“International weather models surveyed by the bureau are forecasting a monsoon trough to redevelop to the north of Australia in the coming week,” the bureau said.

“Models are predicting a wind surge from the northern hemisphere will cross the equator and feed into a weak trough which currently extends from near the north coast of the Northern Territory across to northern Queensland and into the Coral Sea.

“This would increase rainfall over parts of the southern Maritime Continent and far northern Australia.

“While some models predict the monsoon trough will move over land, others suggest it will develop over water, raising the risk of tropical cyclone development in the Australian region from this weekend.”