Wet August boosts winter rain
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