Sunday, 16 February 2014

Apres le deluge ...

... pas de moi, mais un autre deluge!

On Sunday 16th the day started with very high humidity (98%) but no sign of rain.  The closest dam seemed to have gained a bit of water, looking at the stick I poked in at the water's edge yesterday.
Then a storm emerged ...
... and sat on us (roughly at the green arrow) for about 20 minutes dropping another 9.4mm.  Well done that cloud!

This did generate some run-off as demonstrated by the water level in the dam at about 10:30 ...
... and various watercourses around the property.


In the early afternoon I went for a walk in the top paddock (where a few kangaroos were loose) to see if I could spot any swifts over the Taliesin Hills and or any pigs driven down by the rain.  Neither of those targets were hit, but I was surprised to see that the Creek in that paddock was running
 and the dam in the middle paddock, which has been as dry as something that is very dry for two months, is now reasonably full of water.
Whiskers Creek remains like unto Sturts Stony Desert.  That comment was still applicable at 1600hrs after a large storm ....

... had arrived and dumped 13mm on us in about 10 minutes (getting the event total to about 55mm).  I was impressed that all the small watercourses were running like crazy, but the waterholes in the Creek seemed to be filling very slowly.  This seemed worth showing Frances so by about 1615 we were looking at the Creek: I guess Cooper's Creek, which flows through Sturt's Stony Desert  looks like this from time to time, but I was most impressed with the transformation in less than 15 minutes.  Here is upstream ....
 ..downstream  ...
... and a sidestream
There was no more rain after 1630.  The next morning 17 February the stick in the closest dam had all but disappeared ...
.. and the Creek back to a reasonable flow.

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