Spring cas­cades in

De­spite heavy falls in re­cent weeks, Al­bany has recorded be­low-av­er­age rain­fall this win­ter as the first day of spring of­fi­cially ar­rives.

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Tayler Neale

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy’s pre­dic­tion of a drier win­ter than av­er­age for the Al­bany re­gion ap­pears set to come true, with 375mm of rain falling un­til Au­gust 30.

The av­er­age rain­fall across the three-month win­ter pe­riod for Al­bany is 400.1mm, ac­cord­ing to BOM his­tor­i­cal data.

With 2mm-4mm of rain pre­dicted yes­ter­day, Al­bany is ex­pected to fin­ish win­ter hav­ing re­ceived about 380mm of rain.

De­spite heavy rain in Au­gust and July, only 60mm of rain fell in June, more than 70mm be­low the monthly av­er­age of 131.7mm.

Al­bany re­ceived more than 150mm of rain­fall in July, which was slightly above the monthly av­er­age of 142.6mm.

Rain­fall has in­creased fur­ther in Au­gust, with 163.4mm of rain up un­til the time of print, well above the Au­gust av­er­age of 125.8mm.

BOM Al­bany sta­tion duty ob­server Jenny Feast ex­plained why there was less rain­fall in south­ern ar­eas of WA

“At the mo­ment, what we find is we’ve got cooler-than-av­er­age tem­per­a­tures in the eastern In­dian Ocean and then we’ve got warmer-than-av­er­age sea sur­face tem­per­a­tures in the Pa­cific Ocean,” she said.

“As a re­sult of that, we tend to see higher rain­fall through­out the north­ern parts of Aus­tralia, then the cooler tem­per­a­tures in the In­dian Ocean tend to de­pict less rain­fall around the south­ern parts of WA.”

BOM pre­dic­tions also sug­gested Al­bany was due for warmer tem­per­a­tures.

Al­bany’s mean tem­per­a­ture for June was 19.0C, one of the warm­est on record, while July’s av­er­age of 15.9C was slightly above the July mean. Au­gust’s mean tem­per­a­ture stands at 16.6 C with the his­tor­i­cal av­er­age at 16.3 C.

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