Monsoon on course to storm back soon
IT'S all eyes on the skies as the Far North waits for the big wet to return.
Showers and storms hit the region on Monday, particularly on the Tableland and around Tully and Cardwell.
The weather bureau's Cairns duty forecaster Gordon Banks said an upper trough was behind the current conditions and it might be another fortnight before the monsoon returned.
"We do think over the next week or so a weak trough will develop in the Gulf of Carpentaria and the tip of Cape York," he said.
"It's likely this will strengthen into the first week of March and we may see an increase in conditions related to that."
The Kennedy valley area near Tully had the heaviest falls of 68mm overnight until 9am.
Topaz, west of Innisfail, had 67mm, while the Tully Sugar Mill had 28mm.
Mareeba had 28mm while 4km away at the airport, only 3mm fell, showing storm activity was localised. Mr Banks said showers and storms were set to continue.
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