The dangers of basing Katherine's rain totals on the Tindal RAAF Base were never more clearer than in November.
A reader brought the discrepancies to our attention today.
The weather watcher, who did not want to be named, said he was sick of hearing on the TV news each night how much rain Katherine had been receiving during the last month.
“Lots of people here in town were not getting any rain at all,” he said.
The official Bureau of Meteorology records are kept from Tindal but rain records are also maintained at the Katherine Country Club and Katherine Town Council.
According to the bureau, Tindal’s November total was a gauge-busting 176.4mm, almost 90mm above average.
There are some storms appearing on the radar this afternoon after a dry few days.
But according to the Katherine Country Club, the town’s rain was actually 92.9mm – a vast difference.
“People were ringing me up saying have you got another flood coming, and I said I still had the sprinklers on the lawn.”
Weather for the next week will be hot and sticky with the chance of more rain.
The bureau is tipping the hot air mass which has produced the climate-defying fires in Queensland will move west across the NT over the new few days.
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