Sunday, 6 January 2008

Has Helen really moved on?

From the NT News:
EX-TROPICAL Cyclone Helen is likely to re-form as a cyclone by noon today.
Weather bureau senior duty forecaster Greg Browning said the tropical low would have moved into the Gulf of Carpentaria by this morning where it was tipped to again become a tropical cyclone by midday.
It is not expected to threaten the Northern Territory again, but head east to the Queensland side of the border, making landfall in the Burketown region.
Cyclone Helen was downgraded to a category one when it was 40km east of Adelaide River and hit the town about 2am, causing some damage.
It was further downgraded to a tropical low at 6.30am and was last night hovering 290km east of Jabiru, moving east at 40km/h.
Mr Browning said the cyclone had dumped varying amounts of rainfall around the Top End with Pine Creek scoring the most at 213mm.
Adelaide River received 195mm, while the Douglas River soaked up 193mm, Port Keats had 145mm fall, Jabiru 117mm, Channel Point received 80mm, Humpty Doo 54mm, Katherine 46mm and Middle Point 53mm.
Mr Browning said the monsoonal trough was expected to continue bringing showers and storms over the Top End and gulf country for the next week.
But no further cyclones were expected.

The situation could not be more different in Central Australia.
Alice Springs is not going to have any respite from its run of days hotter than 40C, with the hot temperatures in the low 40s expected to continue for the next few days, Mr Browning said."

Hopefully, Helen will be put to sleep; but I am not yet fully convinced that she is asleep yet. We will continue to keep a watchful eye on the situation.
Sunny blue skies today with a nice breeze, so we shall get on with the clean up.

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