Weather of ev­ery de­gree

2016 rain­fall smashes av­er­age

Euroa Gazette - - 2016 RAINFALL CHART - By WILL MUR­RAY

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.

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