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5 day forecast? Any rain predicted?

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5 day forecast? Any rain predicted?

We're scheduled to arrive in PD this Tuesday (cannot wait!) but am having trouble finding a weather forecast for the week.

We've got Tony's Tour C scheduled for Wednesday and a Wavelength tour scheduled for Thursday, but also have Friday open if we need to try to swap anything around if necessary.

Can any locals help?

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1. Re: 5 day forecast? Any rain predicted?

I have copied the weather site for you to look at:

www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl…

the section you need to look at is the Cooktown to Cardwell and this is only the coastal forecast ( for wind conditions mainly)

They are predicting some late showers late Wednesday and possibly Thuirsday, so if you can and change your rainforest tour to Thursday and do the Reef Wednesday, it may work out better,although the wind situation seems the same on both days.

Bear in mind, if you do decide, contact the companies as soon as possible, as most companies need some sort of notice to alter travel days.

There should be another update on the site I gave you at around 3.30 this afternoon our time.

Goodluck.

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2. Re: 5 day forecast? Any rain predicted?

Hi there, Wavelength and Tonys Tour have 24 hour cancellation/transfer policy so make sure your adjustments are within those guidelines. The wind is picking up, but the good news is that we have lovely Neap tides so the reef should stil be awesome.

Enjoy!

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3. Re: 5 day forecast? Any rain predicted?

Hi aquagirl,

Welcome and sorry if this a silly question, but I'm sure there are others, like me, who aren't water babies, what are "Neap" tides???

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4. Re: 5 day forecast? Any rain predicted?

Neap tides are when the tidal forces are at their weakest. Usually it means calmer conditions, so good news for anyone travelling to the reef. :)

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5. Re: 5 day forecast? Any rain predicted?

Neap tide, means there is not much difference between the low and high tide- (Tidal range)

therefore likely to be less current and better visibility.

so its all good!

enjoy!

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6. Re: 5 day forecast? Any rain predicted?

Tides 101: Spring tides occur at new moon and full moon and are the highest highs and lowest lows (greatest tidal range) and gradual diminish to the neap tides at first quarter and last quarter moon with high lows and low highs (smallest tidal range). Spring tides occur early in the morning with the low tide some six hours later in the middle to the day (East coast of Qld).

Now depending on your interest at sea will depend on the best tide for you. If you are a diver then best is a high tide during the middle of the day which is a neap tide. For snorkellers best is a low in the middle of the day - spring tide- so that the exposed reef protects from wind and waves and you are closer to the reef.

Tides can be checked on www.bom.gov.au

For fishermen; then it's another animal altogether.

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7. Re: 5 day forecast? Any rain predicted?

Thanks all for the explanations, as I said, some of us aren't really water babes, just love to snorkel.

Still getting plenty of that great weather that we're known for up here during the winter months.Should be a high of 28 degrees today,so far, sunshine everywhere but clouds and a little rain predicted later. Shame,shame....

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