After weeks of clear skies, high humidity and bewilderment over the unusual lack of rainfall, a storm finally swept through Katherine early this morning.
Almost 28.5mm of rain was recorded at Tindal, Katherine's official observation station, and other areas could have received more.
The downpour was joined by a bright lightning show and loud thunder. Strong winds brought tree branches down across town.
Talk has been focused on weather as of late, as the wet season is coming to an end on a below average rainfall.
It has been so dry, residents have resorted to sprinklers to keep their grass from dying.
While some people in town are sounding the alarm saying they have never seen a poor wet season like this before.
Others say it is just the natural cycle.
However, there is slight hope for more rainfall with some signs of cyclones forming in the monsoon trough, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
"The monsoon trough is expected to remain well offshore to our north for the next few days, which means there's only a very slight chance the Top End will see monsoonal conditions during the next week," a Bureau of Meteorology spokeswoman said.
"We are keeping a close eye on the development of two areas within the monsoon trough; a tropical low near PNG, and an area north of the NT coast near East Timor where a low is beginning to form," she said.
"The most likely scenario for the system north of the NT is that it will move slowly south-west and away from the NT - however conditions may change quite quickly as the system develops, so it's too early to forecast whether any Top End locations will be affected."
The spokeswoman said there was a remote (10%) chance we could see a tropical cyclone develop over NT waters on Sunday.
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