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v. 4 no. 5
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The Wagaitear, May 2006 5 Excuse me sir, are you wearing your seat belt? Police are having problems tracking down the owner of a white van following complaints about safety and roadworthiness. The complaints were lodged with police communications on April 17 but were not given any priority when handed on to operational staff for action. With the cyclone and other commitments, rural police have not had the opportunity to track down the vans owner or drivers. Witnesses said the van had no rear lights and was regularly overloaded, with few if any of the occupants restrained in any way. The major concern was for the number of small children crammed into the van while being driven in a manner where an accident was almost inevitable. Police media was asked for an update on the complaint. A spokeswoman said officers were working on it and confirmed there was some doubt about who actually owned the vehicle. That van heading north at 90 km/h on Cox Peninsula Road near the rubbish tip That was a real wet season If someone had suggested at the end of February that this wet season would be a ripper, theres a good chance theyd have been locked up. But very good rains in March followed by last months downpour has boosted the season total to almost 1900 mm, well past the annual average. While the Bureau of Meteorology forecast the big March monsoon burst and had the chances on an April cyclone at above average, even the bureaus forecasters were caught by surprise by the amount of rain. They explained that a reinvigorated monsoon trough moved southward over the Australian continent in early March. While the major wave structure (MJO) responsible weakened rapidly, other wave modes seemed to dominate the pattern of tropical convection until a new active MJO phase developed quickly in the Indian Ocean, the bureaus weekly report said. This then affected tropical north Australia for the latter parts of March and early April. As a consequence, a mostly active monsoon trough lingered over northern Australia for most of March and early April, bringing extensive late-season rains. After a week or so into April, the active wave influence weak ened as it progressed toward the western Pacific. Convection over the continent, including north Australia, increased during the last week of April and the reinvigorated monsoon trough persisted off the north Australian coast. Tropical Cyclone Monica developed in the Coral Sea and tracked along the north Australian coast as an intense cyclone. Attribution of this increase in tropical weather to any particular tropical wave mode is difficult at this early stage, though it is conceivable that it is in response to an early renewed MJO event. While it was too late in the season for a monsoon trough to move very far south, a reinvigorated trough still enhanced the rainfall over most far northern regions. Overflowing The late rains have seen over flowing rain-water tanks everywhere and a growth spurt in the garden that has delighted everyone except those with large areas of lawn. The forecast for May is for more normal conditions an average of 14 mm of rain over two days. This usually falls on the third weekend of the month, the dates of the annual Freds Pass Show in Darwins rural area.
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