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Cyclones, trough boost northern WA's March rain

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Western Australia
March 28, 2007

Click On The Satellite Image To View Topographical Transformation of this Region Due to Severe Weather

The Kimberley and Pilbara in northern Western Australia have had ONE OF THEIR WETTEST MONTHS ON RECORD due to three cyclones and a low-sitting monsoonal trough. Broome Airport has received 288 millimetres of rain over 24 days in March, compared to the monthly average of 100mm. The high rainfall has not reached Broome's record of 493mm set in March 2000. Meanwhile, in Port Hedland, three cyclones have given the Pilbara town close to its wettest month on record. A Port Hedland weather observer says the average rainfall for March is only 42mm. "Well, it's VERY UNUSUAL, the previous wettest March on record was only 250mm back in 1967, so 426mm is well and truly the NEW RECORD."
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