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Pilbara cops a months' worth of rain in a day

15:29 AEST A northwest cloud band and thunderstorms soaked the Pilbara on Wednesday, delivering five times the June average rain in a day at one town.  The images below show thick cloud, rain and thunderstorms streaming into the Pilbara region from the Indian Ocean on Wednesday afternoon.  Image: Himawari-9 satellite images for the three hours leading up to 6pm AWST on Wednesday, June 19.  The highest falls recorded in the 24 hours leading up to 9am on Thursday, June 20 were;  Karijini North recorded nearly six times their June average (only five years of data), with 63.6mm falling  Flat Rocks observed 55mm  Upper Portland recorded 50mm  Mount Florence saw 38mm, nearly two times the June average  Coolawanyah observed 37mm  Solomon Airport received nearly four times their monthly average, with 31.6mm  Much of this rain fell into one catchment, the Fortescue River Catchment, but the river remained below flood levels.  The northwest cloud band has moved eastward and weakened on Thursday, with rain and thunderstorms clearing the region.

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