Spring rain­fall a mixed bag

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Tayler Neale

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy is pre­dict­ing mixed re­sults for rain­fall in the Great South­ern this spring.

Af­ter Albany recorded 378.7mm of rain across win­ter, slightly be­low the 400.6mm av­er­age, the out­look for spring is var­ied, ac­cord­ing to BOM duty ob­server Jenny Feast.

“The cli­mate mod­els sug­gest be­low-av­er­age rain­fall to the west of Albany, which could be the re­sult of fewer cold fronts in Septem­ber,” she said.

“There is av­er­age to aboveav­er­age rain­fall ex­pected in east­ern parts of the Great South­ern due to early-sea­son storms and trough ac­tiv­ity.

“The south coast is look­ing at cooler than nor­mal tem­per­a­tures in Septem­ber, driven by cooler tem­per­a­tures on the South­ern Ocean that will im­pact tem­per­a­tures over land.”

Ms Feast high­lighted the dis­par­ity in coastal and in­land rain­fall dur­ing win­ter.

“It was around av­er­age win­ter rain­fall for Albany and it was sig­nif­i­cantly drier in­land in some parts of the Great South­ern,” she said. “There was a strong con­trast be­tween the coast and in­land in terms of win­ter rain­fall.”

Cat­tle farmer Jar­rod Car­roll, who runs farms in Albany, Many­peaks, Nar­rikup and Red­mond, said it had been a var­ied year to date.

“It’s been mixed, ac­tu­ally. Many­peaks had a re­ally good start and then dried off,” he said

“West was a bit tight ear­lier in the year and now it’s got quite wet out at Many­peaks, but the rest of the place is look­ing pretty good on the coast.”

Mr Car­roll said he was hope­ful of in­creased sunshine for the spring sea­son.

“A bit of sunshine now would be good — pas­ture wise, we’re set up for a pretty good spring so we just need some more sun, re­ally,” he said.

Mean­while, the lat­est Rabobank ru­ral con­fi­dence sur­vey has found 28 per cent of WA farm­ers are ex­pect­ing wors­en­ing con­di­tions in the agri­cul­tural econ­omy over the next 12 months, up from 13 per cent last quar­ter.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Albany cat­tle farmer Jar­rod Car­roll is hope­ful of some spring sunshine.

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