Ready for rain re­lief

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - ALEX SINNOTT

IT’S not a ques­tion of dam half-full or half-empty for Gee­long re­gion farm­ers like Cor­rina Ge­orge.

Wa­ter sup­plies have been at con­cern­ing lows for months, with a par­tic­u­larly dry start to au­tumn through­out south­east­ern Aus­tralia.

The Man­nerim farmer said the beige and brown fields of the Bel­lar­ine Penin­sula were fi­nally giv­ing way to an emer­ald hue, with some re­cent show­ers pro­vid­ing much­needed re­lief.

But it’s nowhere near enough for many in the re­gion, go. The dams are pretty low, like most around the area.

“It’s been a dry few months, so we’re hope­ful the au­tumn break is com­ing and that we’ll have a few good down­pours.”

As of yes­ter­day, Gee­long has re­ceived 94.4mm of rain this cal­en­dar year, the ma­jor­ity of which fell on one sin­gle day in Jan­uary.

Both the Co­lac and Surf Coast re­gions missed out on the freak Jan­uary down­pour and are drier as a re­sult.

The Co­lac weather sta­tion at Mount Gel­li­brand has recorded 60mm of rain as of yes­ter­day, while the Surf Coast’s weather sta­tion at Aireys In­let has picked up 65mm.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy duty fore­caster Stephen King said Fe­bru­ary and March had been drier than av­er­age in most Vic­to­rian re­gions.

“Look­ing at the long-term fore­cast, there’s a strong chance that the Gee­long re­gion will ex­ceed the av­er­age max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture be­tween May and July,” Mr King said.

“In terms of rain­fall, there’s a 50 per cent chance of aboveav­er­age rain­fall this win­ter.

“The key cli­mate driv­ers are in neu­tral.

“We’re see­ing nei­ther an El Nino or a La Nina sys­tem play­ing much of a role at the mo­ment.”

Pic­ture: GLENN FER­GU­SON

BIG DRY: Cor­rina Ge­orge says her pad­docks have got a tinge of green fol­low­ing a very dry start to the year, which has left her dams half-full.

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