It?s raining cats and dogs ? or not at all

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

SPORADIC bursts of rain have drenched parts of the Northern Rivers over the past few days, while some areas have felt barely a drizzle.

Bureau of Meteorology spokeswoman Julie Evans said the irregular falls should turn into widespread downpours by the end of the week.

"At the moment there's a very moist and unstable easterly air stream which creates patchy rainfall like the Northern Rivers has been experiencing lately," she said.

"The wind is blowing on to the coast and when it reaches the coast it condenses and produces showers.

"However, there may be a low off the coast later in the week which will bring solid rain."

In the 24 hours until 9am yesterday, Tenterfield received just 0.1mm of rain, Ballina recorded 1mm, while Tabulam received 59mm.

Leon Skybimsky, of Tab- ulam, recorded 34mm at his property on Friday.

"The peak rate was 111mm per hour, alias cats and dogs, at 5.59pm," he said.

So far this year, Lismore has recorded 106mm below its average January rainfall, Ballina received 134mm below average, Casino 79mm below average and Byron Bay recorded 119mm below average.



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