The rain hits the North Coast

UPDATE WEDNESDAY: THE rain has started on the Northern Rivers.

Wet weather has been expected, due to onshore winds and rain, which the Bureau of Meteorology believes will increase as a trough deepens off the coast on Thursday and Friday.

The BoM warns there is a high chance of moderate to major flooding in the Tweed, Brunswick, and Richmond/Wilsons valleys by Saturday.

Today Ballina Airport has received 36.6mm of rainfall, while Lismore has only copped 1.8mm of rainfall (although those dark grey clouds are starting to pass over and look very ominous).

Despite heavy downpours at Ballina this afternoon temporarily flooded Cherry St Sports Club bowling greens have drained well.

Assistant Bowls coordinator Neville Dunne said it wasn't unusual for the clubs greens to go underwater in a heavy downpour, but they drain quickly.

With falls of up to 200mm predicted tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, Mr Dunne said all bowls may be cancelled.

"We'll have to wait until we come in tomorrow to see what the weather is like," he said.

The flooded greens from Ballina Bowling Club (thanks Alan for the pic). 4mm at Ballina Airport today in addition to...

Posted by Northern NSW Severe Weather on Tuesday, April 28, 2015


INITIAL REPORT MONDAY: THE Northern Rivers may be experiencing some wet and wild weather during the second half of this week.

The Bureau of Meteorology monitoring the potential for another East Coast Low to develop off the south east QLD and NSW coast later this week.

BoM NSW Regional Director, Barry Hanstrum, said the forecasting models used by the BoM are producing a range of scenarios, and that we expect greater certainty in progressive updates from today.

"What we do know is that most of the forecasting guidance shows a low pressure system developing off the northern New South Wales coast, but we are not able to determine the exact position, timing and intensity of the system this far out," Mr Hanstrum said.

"Early indications suggest the main impacts of intense rainfall and strong winds will be on coastal areas in the states north east including the Northern Rivers and Mid North coasts, with heavy falls also likely for southeast Queensland.

"Current guidance suggests that rain will increase this week, and peak between Thursday and Saturday. 

"Further rainfall is likely for catchments  that have already experienced flooding during last week's severe weather event."

Mr Hanstrum said the Bureau is acutely aware of clean-up operations currently underway, and mindful of the impact further rain could have in these areas.

"The Bureau has briefed emergency services today, and will continue to hold regular briefings with NSW SES as the forecast firms up during the week," Mr Hanstrum said.

For more information visit the BoM website.

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