The Climate of

Cairns & Rainwoarldia



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The name «Rainwoarldia» is my invention. It is largely congruent with the term «Wet Tropics of Queensland». Since this region is the only part of the wet tropics of the world which is inhabited mainly by people of British descent and other native speakers of English, giving it a such quite general English name seemed appropriate to me as long as there is no native name available. According to my knowledge, the Aborigines do not have or had a name for this whole region, and to derive one from the names of the tribes which inhabited this area seems more or less impossible, since this area had been divided between very many tribes without any common identity or the like, as far as I know. The name «Rainwoarldia» refers to the dominant vegetation, tropical rainforests, which are found in Australia almost nowhere else, and the subtropical rainforest do not form a comparable large closed land cover but are rather scattered and fragmented.

Thereby, the part «woarld» is a kind of synthetic, artificial word referring to the English words

«wood» (in the sense of ›forest‹, as e.g. in «Sherwood» or in the title of Henry David Thoreaus book «Walden, or Life in the Woods») and

»world« (in the sense of e.g. ‹a world of its own›, the book title «Lost World», …),

«wold» (meaning an upland plain, albeit a usually woodless one) and

«wild»* (as in e.g. ‹wilderness› and ‹in the wild›),

and to the Old and Middle English as well as German word

«wald» or «Wald», respectively, which means, generally, ‹forest› and was as such part of the German original of the term ‹rainforest›, namely: «Regenwald», coined by the German biologist Schimper in the 19th century, but is also part of many of the forest-covered mountain ranges in Central Europe, like e.g. «Schwarzwald» (=‹Blackforest›) and «Thüringer Wald» (= ‹Thuringian Forest›).

The version «Rainwoarldia», supposed to be spoken approximately [reinwɔ:ldia], is, I think, the best-sounding variant of many similar alternatives, including «Rainwoodia» and «Rainwoldia».

( By the way, unfortunately, the English language apparently does not have a suitable word with the same meaning as the German word «Gebirge», meaning roughly ‹mountain range› or ‹mountains› or ‹highlands› in the sense of a more or less closed, separate, elevated part of land like e.g. the Alps, the Blackforest, the Rocky Mountains, the Andes, the Pennines, the Harz, the High Tatra, the French Massif Central, the Great Dividing Range and so on, which is usually comprised of many individual mountains, ranges, and sometimes also plateaus. )





Climate Diagrams



The climate diagrams below where created by me on the basis of data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology [ www.bom.gov.au ].

The map immediately below shows the location of the weather stations in northeastern Queensland for which climate diagrams are available on my pages. On this page the climate diagrams for the stations in the upper, northern part of the satellite photo are shown. You can get to them either by scrolling down, clicking on their names in the list, or by clicking on the corresponding yellow circles on the map.



Hinchinbrook Island + Wargamaygau   [ on different page ]KairiTownsville + Warungowa   [ on different page ]Koombooloomba DamSouth JohnstoneInnisfailCairnsMareeba




Climate Diagrams of Selected Weather Stations in »Rainforest Queensland«

Stations by Name

Stations by Number

NAME

NUMBER

NUMBER

NAME

Cairns

031011

031011

Cairns

Innisfail

032025

031034

Kairi

South Johnstone

032037

031066

Mareeba

Kairi

031034

031083

Koombooloomba Dam

Koombooloomba Dam

031083

032025

Innisfail

Mareeba

031066

032037

South Johnstone





The diagrams are shown in the order of their official numbers, which corresponds roughly to a sequence from north to south.

Please note that the precipitation scales vary between the diagrams.











Station 031011 : Cairns Aero










Station 031034 : Kairi Research Station










Station 031066 : Mareeba QWRC










Station 031083 : Koombooloomba Dam










Station 032025 : Innisfail










Station 032037 : South Johnstone Exp Stn














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