At Last, Rain!

On the 4th of January, 2021, the Indulkana Weather Station recorded .4mm of rain; this was the first rain recorded in the last 30 days.

Reviewing the historical weather data (1) from the Marla Police Station in 2018, there was no precipitation in January that year with a median rainfall of 6.6mm for the month. The highest recorded January rainfall in the area was 55.6mm in 1993.

Source: Australian Governement Department of Meteorology (2)

There is no data available past 2018 due to the Marla Police Station weather station being decommissioned. This was the initial reason for erecting the Indulkana Weather Station: to replace the weather data previously available and provide the data to the local school and community.

In arid and semi-arid environments, weather is not only a typical topic of conversation, it is important to the animal inhabitants, flora and fauna. As with most deserts throughout the world, rainfall in Australian deserts is erratic from year to year and month to month. Often, the annual average rainfall within a region can fall in a single month, and on rare occasions, even in a single day. (3)


Sources

(1) Marla Police Station Data – Station #016085 BOM

(2) Marla Police Station Graph – Station #016085 BOM

(3) ABS Gov Stats

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