Who’s with the ants?

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

WITH above av­er­age rain in both De­cem­ber and Jan­uary the Ant Man from cen­tral Vic­to­ria and the for­mer CSIRO of­fi­cer from Be­nalla are sit­ting pretty in their pre­dic­tions about a wet sum­mer.

When they made their pre­dic­tions be­fore sum­mer ar­rived, the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy wasn’t con­vinced about their fore­casts.

The Ant Man based his opinion on the move­ment of ants who were gath­er­ing sticks and not stones to sur­round their nests.

He said sticks help to ab­sorb mois­ture but stones are used to re­flect the heat.

Cer­tainly there have been some hot days, which you ob­vi­ously get in sum­mer, but the ants have mainly con­cen­trated on get­ting sticks and not stones on their nests this sum­mer.

The for­mer CSIRO of­fi­cer from Be­nalla, Peter Nel­son, bases his pre­dic­tion on a wet sum­mer on the pre­vi­ous sum­mer in north­ern Aus­tralia. If it’s a wet one it usu­ally means a wet sum­mer in south­ern Aus­tralia the fol­low­ing sum­mer.

Which, if right, sug­gests we are in for another wet sum­mer next year be­cause there have been buck­ets of rain fall­ing in north­ern Aus­tralia in re­cent weeks, par­tic­u­larly in Dar­win and the Kim­ber­leys.

By the way, Kyabram recorded 111mm in De­cem­ber — the third high­est on record for that month — while in Jan­uary 40mm was reg­is­tered, which is above the av­er­age of 33.8mm for that month.

Now let’s see what Fe­bru­ary brings.

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