DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD
Katanning records its lowest September rainfall on record, with just 12mm recorded and growers crossing their fingers the heavens open up this week.
As we move into the early months of spring, we start to see the cold-front activity become less frequent than during the winter months. Neil Bennett
Katanning has recorded its lowest September rainfall on record, with only 12mm falling throughout the month.
The total is well below the September average of 51.7mm, and brings the 2018 total to just 230mm.
Katanning has received 26mm of rain in October so far, with an October average of 30.8mm.
The low rainfall has occurred in one of the most crucial times for cropping farmers in the region.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s Neil Bennett said 2018 rainfall for most of the Great Southern was below average.
“As we move into the early months of spring, we start to see the cold-front activity become less frequent than during the winter months,” he said.
“(In September) there has been almost a complete drop in cold fronts from the middle of the month, as high-pressure systems have dominated the weather charts.”
Albany also received it’s second lowest September rainfall, only one millimetre more than the lowest on record.
For the month of September, Lake Grace received 6.6mm compared to a 28.9mm average, and Narrogin had an 18mm fall compared to 46.7mm.
There are roughly 10mm of rain forecast for the next week, with the chance of low rainfall showers occurring over coming days.
The highest chance of rainfall occurs on Saturday where a high chance of 2mm to 6mm is forecast.