The strangely sheep-like calls of countless native frogs are deafening as waterfalls stream down Australia’s big red heart.
They’re louder than the water itself in video shared by the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park on Tuesday, after “the rock” was drenched in 22mm of rare rain overnight.
“While that doesn’t sound like much, the annual average rainfall is just under 300mm,” Parks Australia said of the “rare and magical” moment through the reserve’s Facebook account.
“With a hot summer ahead, the rain is welcome and locals are hoping for more of it over the coming months.”
Explaining the burrowing frog choir, the account said the reptiles would call “profusely” after enough rain fell to encourage them out of their burrows, especially at dawn and dusk.
“While the water persists, you can see them in the waterholes during the day, but as soon as it starts to dry out, they disappear underground again, waiting for the next downpour to occur,” it said.
Record heat in NT and Queensland
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, October was hotter than usual for Australia as a whole, with every state except Victoria noticing significantly warmer-than-average weather.
But up north, Queensland and the Northern Territory experienced some of their hottest October temperatures on record.
Queensland experienced its fourth-warmest October ever, with an average increase of 2.12 degrees.
The Northern Territory experienced an increase of 2.11 degrees, its third-warmest October on record.
Darwin sweated through its warmest-ever October night on record on the 20th, reaching 26.6C, while Brisbane recorded its hottest October day since 2004, with a top of 36.6C on October 4.
Weatherzone’s Anthony Sharwood said while scorching days in the north may not seem unusual, the temperature increases have been significant.
“The biggest story of spring 2021 in Australia to date is definitely the well-above (average) temperatures right across the northern part of our country, and especially in Queensland and the Northern Territory,” Mr Sharwood said.
According to Mr Sharwood, early-season heat set in earlier than usual in the areas.
Storm season in the state typically runs from November to December each year, while cyclone season extends till the end of April.
The Bureau of Meteorology uses a 30-year period from 1961-1990 as its reference period for average monthly temperatures, as defined by the World Meteorological Organisation.