The Northern Territory news Fri 22 May 2015
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FRIDAY MAY 22 2015 WEATHER 55 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Holy mackerel! Super spanish are on the bite WITH the dry season almost upon us and water temperatures dropping, spanish mackerel are starting to show up in the usual haunts closer to Darwin. There have already been some great fish caught off Lee Point. Spanish mackerel spawn in oceanic conditions on reef edges. Spawning is seasonal but it is protracted in the warmer waters of the tropics. In general, spawning times for spanish mackerel tend to be associated with higher water temperatures that promote optimal food availability for the rapid growth and development of the larvae (Jenkins et al, 1985). As the young larvae grow they move from the offshore spawning grounds to inshore and estuarine habitats. Australian studies of this species suggest females are larger than males (McPherson, 1992; Buckworth, 1998; Mackie et al, 2003). Female spanish mackerel mature at about two years old, or about 80cm long. The oldest specimens from the east coast are about 16 years old (McPherson, 1992), 12 years old in the NT (Buckworth, 1998) and 22 years in northwest Western Australia (Mackie et al, 2003). They are great to eat and have a blistering run when caught, however they are fragile and tolerate minimal handling when brought aboard. If you do intend on letting them go it is best to try to do so without removing them from the water, provided it is safe to do so. Using lures rigged with single hooks instead of the traditional treble hooks will also reduce the amount of hook damage to the fish and make them easier to release. If you do bring a fish aboard it is often best to spear it headfirst back into the water to force a rush of water through its gills. EVAN NEEDHAM FISHERIES Cameron Hartley with a spanish mackerel. They are starting to show up in larger numbers They are great to eat and have a blistering run when caught Check out Fisheries NT on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FisheriesNT Tanami Tiwi Daly Arnhem Carpentaria Gregory Barkly Simpson Lasseter Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset 6:58 am 6:28 pm 10:25 am 10:18 pm Jun 3 Jun 10 Jun 17 May 26 Fri May 22 Sat May 23 Sun May 24 Mon May 25 Tue May 26 Wed May 27 Thu May 28 Fri May 29 2:38am 1.0m 9:03am 7.2m 2:54pm 2.5m 8:25pm 6.3m 3:15am 1.5m 9:38am 6.8m 3:36pm 2.8m 9:06pm 5.9m 3:53am 2.0m 10:14am 6.4m 4:23pm 3.0m 9:53pm 5.5m 4:35am 2.5m 10:53am 6.0m 5:24pm 3.2m 10:56pm 5.1m 5:24am 2.9m 11:39am 5.7m 6:36pm 3.3m 12:21am 4.8m 6:28am 3.3m 12:36pm 5.4m 7:49pm 3.2m 2:00am 4.9m 7:43am 3.5m 1:49pm 5.3m 8:57pm 2.9m 3:21am 5.2m 9:03am 3.4m 3:02pm 5.4m 9:52pm 2.5m Darwin 23 32 Tindal 18 36 Jabiru 22 36 Nhulunbuy 20 Borroloola 19 36 Lajamanu 16 32 Tennant Creek 19 27 Alice Springs 11 Tce Yulara 7 19 Location Min Max *Rain Location Min Max *Rain * rainfall 24 hours to 9am yesterday 1000 1024 1032 1008 1016 1016 1016 1012 L 1035 H WARNINGS Latest information at www.bom.gov.au/weather Coastal & Land Weather 1300 659 214 Tropical Cyclone 1300 659 211 NORTHERN TERRITORY Mostly sunny apart from a slight chance of showers about the north and northeast coasts, patchy rain developing over the western Lasseter and southern Tanami Districts. Drier in the Top End, cool in the south. Moderate east to southeast winds, fresh and gusty at times over central and northern districts during the day. Fire danger: high over northwest Top End. DARWIN and OUTER DARWIN The chance of fog in the early morning, mainly inland. Mostly sunny day. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the early afternoon. Min 23 Max 33 Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 21 Max 32 Sunday: Sunny. Min 19 Max 32 Monday: Sunny. Min 20 Max 32 DARWIN HARBOUR Winds: Easterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots in the middle of the day. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Below 0.5 metres. Weather: Mostly sunny. UV FORECASTS Katherine: 9 (very high). Tennant Creek: 7 (high). Alice Springs: 6 (high). Relative Humidity: Darwin 79% (9am) 64% (3pm) Barometer: Darwin (3pm) - 1013.1 hPa Alice Springs (3pm) - 1025.2 hPa Rainfall: 24hr rainfall to 9am 21 May 2015 0.0 mm (yesterday) Monthly total to 9am 21 May 2015 0.0 mm Average for month of May 21.2 mm 1 October to 21 May 1381.4 mm on 98 rain days Average from 1 October to end of May 1706.5 mm May 22, 2015 Commonwealth of Australia 2015 L 10241032 1016 1016 101 1016 L 1011 L 1008 L 1008 L 1008 L 1036 H Auckland Bangkok Beijing Geneva Hong Kong Jakarta Johannesburg Kuala Lumpur London Los Angeles Manila Moscow New York Singapore Tel Aviv Tokyo cloudy 17 14 fine 35 28 fine 28 17 rain 13 7 rain 30 25 fine 33 27 haze 23 13 lightning 31 26 fine 15 4 fine 22 14 fine 33 28 fine 20 8 fine 19 13 mist 31 26 fine 29 20 rain 26 13 PROVINCIAL CENTRES Katherine: Sunny. Max 33 Saturday: Sunny. Min 15 Max 31 Tennant Creek: Sunny. Max 24 Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 12 Max 23 Alice Springs: Mostly sunny. Max 17 Saturday: Sunny. Min 1 Max 19 Jabiru: Mostly sunny. Max 35 Saturday: Sunny. Min 22 Max 34 Nhulunbuy: Possible shower. Max 29 Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 22 Max 29 Alyangula: Sunny. Max 29 Saturday: Sunny. Min 20 Max 29 Borroloola: Sunny. Max 33 Saturday: Sunny. Min 15 Max 31 Yulara: Mostly sunny. Max 19 Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 6 Max 21 Lajamanu: Sunny. Max 28 Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 12 Max 27 Maningrida: Mostly sunny. Max 32 Saturday: Sunny. Min 20 Max 32 Pirlangimpi: Possible early shower. Max 34 Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 21 Max 33 Wadeye: Mostly sunny. Max 33 Saturday: Sunny. Min 19 Max 32 Yuendumu: Possible rain. Max 22 Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 7 Max 23 DARWIN Sun protection recommended between 9:40am to 3:50pm Maximum UV Index: 9 (very high) Sunny Mostly sunny Partly cloudy Cloudy Chance shower Shower or two Showers Drizzle, light rain Rain Shower storm Storms Windy Fog Frost Katherine DARWIN Jabiru Nhulunbuy Borroloola Alyangula Tennant Creek Alice Springs 2333 Yulara Wadeye 2134 Pirlangimpi 2329 2029 2235 2033 1933 1833 1424 619 317 1528 Lajamanu 1022 Yuendumu Darwin 33 Broome 32 Alice Springs 17 Cairns 29 Hobart 13 Brisbane 21 Sydney 18 Canberra 14 Adelaide 16 Perth 21 Melbourne 15