Across the top of Australia annual preparations are underway for the cyclone season. In the Northern Territory capital, Darwin , residents have been experiencing what could be seen as an early Wet , with high humidity and storms , in one lightning striking a house .
As reported earlier here , there has been good rain down through the Queensland channel country transforming the area . It is hot and muggy at Weipa on the western side of Cape York Peninsula , and on the east coast , from Rollingstone north to Cairns and beyond , there have been spasmodic falls.
Townsville , in the dry tropics, has received very little rain and water restrictions were put in place , water about to be pumped from the Burdekin Dam . The flowering of certain orchids in Townsville and on Magnetic Island were said to indicate that there would be rain - and so there was , not much , but very welcome . (Photos of Townsville and Magnetic Island from atop Castle Hill by Abra .)