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ADELAIDE DELUGE

WHAT THE RECOUPS TELL OF .WESTRALIAN DOWIPOUBS

The Commonwealth Mefcearologisfc (Ms. EL B. Corlewis) was asked th)* moraiiag if Perth had ever experienced a storm tfes equal of that whieh visited Adelaide yes terday. Mr. Curlewis shook his head. Hs remarked that the eharts had indicated that South Australia was going to experi ence thundery weather, but no one, hq said, anticipated thai sueh a .storm and de

luge would sweep over the city. So -well ordered are the records of the Conimonwealth Meteorological Bureau, Perth, that Mr. Curlewis was able, after a few moments' search, to lay his hand on the heavy rainfall figures for Perth aad Western Australia generally. These re vealed that some truly remarkable tropical falls had fc&ken place in various parts of the State, although there had been none in Perth to equal yesterday's downpour in Adelaide. On June 10, 1920, 127 points fell ai Perfch from 3.55 a.m. to 4.35 a.m., while for the 24 hours on this day the total re gistration was 390 points. On June 30, 1920, 146 points fell from 5.45 pjn. to 7-30 pjn. On August 13 of the same year S3 points fell between 8 ajn. and &50 ajn. It will be seen that none of these figures aj- proach yesterday's fall in Adelaide Turning to the country, however, par ticularly the iSSorth-West, Western Aus tralia can show some very heavy registra tions. At Whim Creek in the 48 hours of April 2 and 3, 1898, the enormous fall of 36 inches 49 points was recorded, snd of this 29 inches 41 points fell on April 2* Also at Whim Creek, on March 20 and 23, 1899, 27 inches were registered. At Th&E* goo station (NortlwWest) 24 inches 1M points fell between February 17 and 19^ 1896. Falls of 21 inches and 20 inehef have taken place at Yeeda (near Derby J in three day periods. On Marea 20 an* 21, 1899, 20 inches 40 points fell at Balls Bulla station, a?-d downpours of 20 inches were recorded in two day periods at Derby and Cossack in December, 1898, and April* 1900, respectively. Mr. Curlewis was able to provide eosB parative figures showing record tropical falls in North Queensland. Some of tb.es© were: — Crohamhurst (45 miles north-wesfc of Brisbane), 35 inches 71 points on Jantt-1 ary 31, 1893; Buderin (north of Bris bane), 26 inches 20 points on January H» 1898; The Hollow (Mackay district), 25 inches 12 points on Febmarv 23, 1888; Macnade (Townsville district), 23 inehes 33 points on January 6, 1901; Yeppon (Rock hampton district), 23 inches on January 91 1RQ2 Tf. will h« nntiftftr! t,W. the

Queensland record figures are all in Janu ary and February, while in the North-West of Western Australia the biggest falls are spread over the period from December t© April. Very heavy falls have taken place ia Western Australia on the goldfields, in £fi« agricultural districts, and in the south west. At Corrigin on August 24. 1915, 140 points fell in 40 minutes. At Bremer Bay on November 3, 1919, 125 points were recorded in 25 minutes. Ai Cotteslps Beach on June 30, 1917, 141 points were recorded in 55 minutes. In 30 minutel 130 points fell at Cue on January 1, 191S At Dumbleyung on April U, 1913, 751 points fell in 24 hours, while at Ejanding, in the Goomalling district, there is on re cord a downpour of 3 inehes in two hours. On November 3, 1919, 207 w-ints fell at Fremantle Oval in 45 minutes. This was the date of a terrific hail storm. At Ger aldton on August 1, 1909, 330 points^ were registered in 50 minutes. In five minutes 88 points fell at Karridal8 on June 25, 190L At Lawlerson July 17, 1907, 107 points were gauged in seven minutes. Some very heavy North- West falls, an addition tc those giver? above, are: — 599 points sf Plympton St. Mary, in four hours in Feb- raary, 1903; 345 points in 45 minutes sS Ruby Plains on March 2o, 1904. In th© sout3a--west 312 points fell at Sorrento ia one hour on December 4, 1913; on January 12, 1899, 350 points fell at Wyndbam ia half an hour. Whinv Creek went onQ better in March, 1900. wtien 3 inehes fell .

in 25 minutes. On March 10. 1917, 944 points were recorded at Williams Bay (near Denmark, S.W.) in 24 hours, and of this 800 points fell in 12 hours. At Wynd ham 1,250 points were registered on March 4, 1919, snd 464 points on the fol lowing day. WEATHER RSPOET. The only rain recorded in the State yes terday was 5 points at Turkey Creek and 1 point st Westonia. THE FORECAST. The official forecast is: — Mostly fin* throughout, but some scattered showers ex pected over S.W. coastal areas and south ern agricultural districts; moderate te warm over W. and S.W. eoastal and south ern agricultural districts, with N.W.#t« S.W. winds; elsewhere warm to hot, with S.E. to N.E. winds. Ocean: Fresh east erlies across the Bight.

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