Weather & Tides in Broome
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6 seasons of Yawuru
Residents of Rubibi (Broome) and our treasured visitors may be interested to know that in Yawuru language, the traditional people of this region identify six seasons. They are:
Marul: The hot period after the wet season, when the tides are big and the wangal (wind) is still. This generally occurs during April.
Wirralbu: The flowering of the gardgu (inland bloodwood) indicates the arrival of this season; it is the beginning of the yanban banu wangal (south east winds), a cooling time generally occurring during May.
Barrgana: From around June to August – the dry season; when the wangal (wind) blows strongly from the yanban banu (south east) and jaburr (fog) appears, particularly at the beginning and end of this season. The nights and mornings become even cooler and gujuguju (dust storms) may be seen.
Wirlburu: The transition period from the cool to the hot season generally occurring in September, during which the kularr wangal (west wind) starts to blow.
Larja: The hot time and build up to the wet season from October to November, when the days are very warm and the humidity is high. Kurlibil (turtle) are mating and laying their jimbi (eggs) on our beaches.
Mankala: The wet season, when the strong kuniyan kularr wangal (north-west winds) bring the wula (water/rain) in from the nagula (sea). The wiyirr (barn swallows) and wanminy (fly) are indicators for the beginning of the wet season, which generally occurs from December to March.