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.

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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.

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