Darwin turns up the Christmas lights
Mother nature lit up the sky yesterday afternoon over the Darwin-Daly district of the NT.
A lingering low pressure trough helped the storm intensify, with over 24 000 lightning strikes recorded within a 100km radius of the city.
Rain came down thick and fast in some suburbs, with The Chase recording 22mm, 16mm at Stokes Hill, 15mm at Pinelands and 11mm was recorded at Noonamah Airstrip and Gunn Point.
Typically, Darwin would see around 254mm of rain during December, but the airport has only recorded 23mm so far. It is a similar story throughout the Darwin-Daly with most places recording only 10-to-30% of their average December rainfall.
For at least the next week, thunderstorms are expected to be a daily experience for Darwin, with some long-awaited rain as a trough remains over the region. However, despite the wet forecast, this week's rain is unlikely to make much of a dent in the already large deficit.
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