After the ‘big dry’ for 2009, and the January rains, Central Australia saw
the effects of the monsoon season in the Top End bring the Tropical Low move
south through the Arid Centre, bringing much rain, described as the
one in ten year event. With humidity over 90% and the amount of rainfall over
Alice Springs has made this the wettest start to the year for February since
1974. By Friday 26 February,
2010, Anzac Oval had over 300 mm fall, whilst the Alice Springs Airport recorded
nearly 200 mm.
With the river already flowing from the 23rd
February, 2010, the rain clouds moving down from the Top End saw rain sweep
right across Central Australia and into South Australia. With seemingly constant
rain over several days, the Todd River swelled, with many road closures,
although this did not stop the many locals and visitors taking time out to visit
the spectacle of the Todd River in full flow.