Weather of every degree
2016 rainfall smashes average
THE Euroa district had a rollercoaster year in terms of rainfall, with drought-like conditions at the start of the year following months of little rainfall in late 2015-early 2016 giving way to well above average rainfall throughout the winter-spring period.
The high rainfall through the back half of the year meant that the total rainfall for 2016 ended up being almost 300mm higher than average, 854mm (av. 568.3).
Temperatures remained relatively stable around the long term averages.
Following a hot January-March, average temperatures remained comparatively cool during the rest of 2016.
The hottest day for the year came on January 13, as the mercury climbed to 43.2 degrees Celsius.
The lowest temperature of the year recorded at the Mangalore monitoring station was -2 on June 25.
In summary, following a hot and dry beginning to the year, with many farmers looking to the State Government for drought assistance, 2016 ended up a very wet and rainy year with flooding through until November.
An example perhaps of the extreme variability of the weather systems brought on by a changing climate.
FEELING THE HEAT: CFA crews work to put out spot fires during February, brought on by the hot and dry conditions.
WET WINTER: following the dry start to the year there was flooding in the Seven Creeks Park following months of high rainfall.