Another rainstorm last night. Short, but quite heavy. It seems the wet may really be starting early. November is usually the accepted time. It was predicted to be early this year. I am hoping that this Wet Season will at least be more substantial than last year, when it did not really live up to its name. The plants and wildlife need the rain to get them through the dry.
This part of Australia has been hotter and dryer than average since I came here.
In September, lightning started a bushfire on Ellenbrae Station. It went out of control and became a huge blaze across the Kimberley, burning cattle stations and wildlife sanctuaries. Almost two million hectares of land were affected, the last I read.
That is the size of a small European country.
There has been no loss of (human) life and little or no damage to infrastructure. Nonetheless, the fire has not helped the cattle stations or the ecosystem, which usually deals with natural fire in smaller patches at a time. Being dryer than usual only increases the damage.
Even now, this rain we just had here does not seem to have fallen all over the Kimberley. It was intense, but of relatively short duration and probably does not yet fulfill the promise of “early, heavier than usual rains” that was predicted.
The only downside from my point of view is how the weather can affect travel here. The Tanami and Duncan roads are closed, which means that the visiting doctor was unable to come yesterday and discuss the results of my CT scan. It also means that it looks as if I shall not be able to attend the Youth Mental Health First Aid training course in Halls Creek tomorrow.
On the plus side, I have seen lots of dragons running around my house this morning. I did not know I had so many. I love those little buggers.