Monday, September 17, 2007

Weekly report for 17/09/07 –24/09/07

Rainfall – The weekend has been excellent weather, with blue skies and moderate winds. It has been great to enjoy some sun and fantastic reef trip weather. The Kayaks and the Boats have been making the best of it! The good weather is forecast to continue for some time and we are now moving toward my favourite time of the year, with cool but not cold nights and warm days. Its great weather this week for Reef Trips and Kayaking yet again.

Warmer weather also means that nightwalk sightings are improving as reptiles become more active.

Fine after some early morning fog patches. Light to moderate SE to E winds with
NE afternoon coastal sea breezes. A moderate to high fire danger.
Outlook for Tuesday ... Fine.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Fine.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:Monday until midnight: SE/E winds 10/15 knots. Afternoon NE seabreezes inshore. Seas to 1.2 metres outside the reef, and 0.8 metre inside the reef.
Tuesday: SE/E winds 10/15 knots. Afternoon NE seabreezes inshore. Seas to 1.2 metres outside the reef, and 0.8 metre inside the reef.
Wednesday: SE winds increasing to 15/20 knots.
Thursday: SE winds 15/20 knots, easing to 10/15 knots in the south.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding, there are minor delays at Thompson Creek just north of Coconut Beach due to roadworks. There is single lane section there with a give way sign for northbound traffic. The work here is nearly finished and will mean that Thompson Creek rarely floods, even in heavy rain. Drivers need to be aware of cassowaries with many crossing the road at present, some males with chicks as well as increased snake activity on the road at night. Please don’t run snakes over they are just as biologically important as Cassowaries!

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and has been virtually completely graded. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are less than knee deep. Dust is increasing on the road and lights should be used.

Tides –The tides are neap most of the week, with water ½ way up the beach, but from Friday on the pattern is early morning highs followed by midday lows.

The onset of school holidays mean tours and accommodation will be busier, and people should pre-book to avoid disappointment.

Lawrence Mason
Mason's Tours Cape Tribulation
Cape Tribulation
Qld 4873
Phone 40980070 Int 61 7 40980070
Fax 40980026 Int 61 7 40980026
Mobile/Cell 0427012772