Wet Au­gust boosts win­ter rain

Myrtleford Times - - News -

THIS win­ter’s rain­fall has ended up top­ping last year’s tal­lies for most of the Alpine Shire thanks to a wet­ter Au­gust.

To­tals of be­tween 127mm and 170mm were recorded for Au­gust by TAFCO weather sta­tions in the Ovens and Kiewa Val­leys.

Au­gust was com­fort­ably the wettest month this win­ter with av­er­age rain­fall.

The Kiewa Valley topped the list for last month with 170mm of rain recorded at Co­ral Bank while the Up­per Ovens wasn’t far be­hind with 164.4mm in Pore­punkah.

Myrtle­ford re­ceived sig­nifi- cantly less rain with 127.4mm for Au­gust.

Last month’s rain helped push the win­ter to­tal past 400mm in the Up­per Ovens Valley with 412mm recorded at Pore­punkah while the Kiewa Valley was next with 391mm, fol­lowed by Myrtle­ford with 302.2mm.

The win­ter to­tals for Pore­punkah and Myrtle­ford were only slightly more than in 2017 while rain in the Kiewa valley was well down af­ter 454mm fell over the three months last year.

The Bureau of Metrol­ogy re­leased it’s spring out­look last week and the chance of North East Vic­to­ria re­ceiv­ing above av­er­age rain­fall for the rest of the year is “un­likely”.

The fore­cast shows warmer and drier than av­er­age con­di­tions are ex­pected across many parts of Aus­tralia in the com­ing three months in­clud­ing North East Vic­to­ria.

It fol­lows what has been one of the warmest win­ters on record for max­i­mum tem­per­a­tures across the coun­try as a whole.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy man­ager of long range fore­cast­ing Dr An­drew Watkins said much of the east­ern main­land had ex­pe­ri­enced an ex­cep­tion­ally dry 2018 and the out­look is not great news for farm­ers in drought-im­pacted parts of the coun­try.

GROW­ING SEA­SON: Con­sis­tent rain dur­ing Au­gust has helped spur on growth in pad­docks pro­vid­ing feed for cat­tle. By JUSTIN JENVEY

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