Sunday, November 18, 2007

Daintree Coast Report 19/11 to 25/11

The Wet Season has arrived. With a Cyclone well north, the ridge over North Queensland has been active, and we have received about 250mm over three days. Today the weather is clearing as Cyclone Guba moves north and we should see better weather later in the week. The Cyclone poses NO IMMEDIATE THREAT to anywhere on the Queensland Coast. Unfortunately the strong southeasters are forecast to continue.

The rain has seen the forest come alive with my house full of frogs. This is a great time to experience the rainforest, as rain and warm weather greatly stimulates reptile activity.

NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICTScattered showers tending to rain at times. Some moderate falls possible.Moderate to fresh SE winds.Outlook for Tuesday ... Scattered showers.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Isolated showers.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:A wind warning is current.Monday until midnight: SE winds 20/30 knots. Seas 2.8 metres outside the reef and 1.4 metres inside. Showers or rain.Tuesday: SE winds 20/30 knots. Seas 2.8 metres outside the reef and 1.4 metres inside. Showers or rain.Wednesday: SE winds 20/25 knots.
TROPICAL CYCLONE INFORMATION BULLETIN For 5:00 am EST on Monday the 19th of November 2007 At 4 am EST Monday, Tropical Cyclone Guba [Category 1] with central pressure 995hPa was located over the Coral Sea near latitude 12.6 south, longitude 146.2which is about 255 km east of Lockhart River. Tropical Cyclone Guba has recently adopted a slow northwest track, and a similarmotion is expected to continue over the next 24 hours. Guba remains a minimalcategory 1 cyclone, and little change in intensity is expected. The next bulletin will be issued by 11 am EST Monday.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open but there has been localized flooding over the weekend. The creek rise and fall quickly and usually go down rapidly after rain ceases. There is currently no flooding and the sun is shining.

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and is in fair condition. Some mud patches are developing. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are about 0.5m deep and will have rocks in them after flooding. Low clearance 4WDs may have trouble. I recommend all crossings be walked before driving, except Bloomfield Causway which has a Croc risk. The Bloomfield Causeway has subsided on the northern downstream side and it is important you do not drive on this area.

Tides – are high early morning and late afternoon for most of the week.

Although the accommodation houses are not as busy, we still recommend pre booking