Floods hit the Upper Hunter during record heavy rain
Tuesday, 21 November 2000
The Upper Hunter received record braking rains during the last week,
resulting in significant flooding of the Hunter River system. Murrurundi
received 298mm of rain in the past week, already braking the November monthly
record of 200mm set in 1924. Moonan Flat, at the bottom of the Barrington Tops,
also is set to brake its November record with 157mm in the last week. The
heaviest rainfall recorded at Moonan Flat Post Office for November is 153mm set
also in 1924. The other high values of the Hunter include Hunter Springs, 179mm,
Scone AP AWS, 139mm, Merriwa, 105mm, Denman 77mm and Carrowbrook, 75mm.
Much of the flooding has been the worst since
1984. The rain was brought on by an extensive low pressure trough, that was
linked to monsoonal heat lows in Western Australia. Such events do occur doing
the warmer months and are usually more common during a La Nina period.