Who’s with the ants?
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.