Highest November rainfall in 27 years

THE Whitsundays has been soaked in November.

Proserpine has recorded its highest rainfall for November in 27 years and with more rain predicted and still five days left in the month, it will exceed the record by almost 200mm.

The 10 year record for November at Hamilton Island has also already been broken.

The forecast predicts a 100 per cent chance of rain today with more showers on Friday, but this is predicted to drop to just a 20 per cent chance of rain on Saturday and 40 per cent on Sunday.

The November record for Proserpine was set in 1950 and stood at 329.8mm but this November, there has already been 494.6mm recorded up until yesterday morning.

On Hamilton Island, the November record set in 2000 was 281.2mm but they recorded 121.8mm last Saturday alone, which brought the new record to 568.8mm for the month up until yesterday morning.

Queensland Bureau of Statistics' climate services manager Jeff Sabburg said there was a 60 per cent chance the region would continue to exceed its median rainfall for summer.

“The La Nina is still a dominant influence,” he said.


Hamilton Island rainfall

Yesterday: 4.0mm

Tuesday: 33.8mm

Monday: 2.4mm

Sunday: 36.2mm

Saturday: 121.8mm

Friday: 30.0mm

November total (so far): 568.8mm

Previous November record: 281.2mm (2000)

Monthly average: 88.1mm


Proserpine rainfall

Yesterday: 6.0mm

Tuesday: 39.4mm

Monday: 11.2mm

Sunday: 19.4mm

Saturday: 39.8mm

Friday: 42.8mm

November total (so far): 494.6mm

Previous November record: 329.8mm (1950)


Cannonvale rainfall (from last Wednesday to yesterday):


Shute Harbour rainfall


Bowen rainfall



Roads closed


Cannonvalley Road closed last Friday (November 19) due to rain but re-opened again on the same day.


Flights changed

Virgin flight due to land at Whitsunday Coast Airport on Sunday (November 21) could not land due to weather. It was diverted to Townsville and then returned to Proserpine and finally landed about 4pm.


Cane industry

About 450,000- 500,000 tonnes of cane would not be harvested this year

This is a loss of between $22 and $25 million to the Proserpine sugarcane industry.


Peter Faust Dam

The dam is currently at 90.6 per cent capacity.

The record level for the dam is 98.5 per cent in 1991.



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