Frost takes hold

Freez­ing tem­per­a­tures cre­ate icy beauty

Seymour Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali­son O’Con­nor

Sey­mour was trans­formed in to a win­ter won­der­land on the week­end, with sub-zero tem­per­a­tures greet­ing res­i­dents.

The mer­cury dipped to a chilly -4.9°C on Sun­day morn­ing, only just out­do­ing Satur­day’s freez­ing -4.3°C start to the day.

The freez­ing weather — and the past two days rain­fall — fol­lows the dri­est June on record.

Last month’s clear skies and low rain­fall was a record breaker for the state, smash­ing a 73-yearold record.

Across Vic­to­ria the un­usu­ally dry weather broke the pre­vi­ous record, that dated way back to June 1944, when an av­er­age of just 22 mm fell across the 30 days.

Se­nior cli­ma­tol­o­gist An­drew Watkins said it was well below the June av­er­age of 60 mm.

Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy data shows closer to home just 3.4 mm of rain has fallen in the area for the month (mea­sured at BOM’s Man­ga­lore Air­port base), a far cry from our June av­er­age of 53.6 mm.

Bu­reau fore­caster Tom Fe­jes said the dry weather in June was due to a high pres­sure ridge block­ing most of the fronts from de­vel­op­ing in the state.

‘‘It is block­ing the fronts from com­ing up, and that is where you get the rain from,’’ Mr Fe­jes said.

Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent David Jochinke said farm­ers across the state had good rain­falls dur­ing au­tumn be­fore the re­cent dry con­di­tions.

‘‘So we were quite pos­i­tive about go­ing into this win­ter sea­son,’’ Mr Jochinke said.

He be­lieved crop­pers would be the hard­est hit by the dry con­di­tions, fol­lowed by dairy farm­ers and those need­ing green pas­tures in the com­ing months.

‘‘What we are hop­ing for is to get some rain in the near fu­ture and have a mild to wet spring,’’ he said.

Pic­tures: The Sey­mour We Want com­mu­nity group

Sta­tion St in Sey­mour.

Tal­la­rook St in Sey­mour.

The Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Com­mem­o­ra­tive Walk.

Angli­can Christ Church in An­zac Ave, Sey­mour.

The An­zac Memo­rial at Sey­mour Health.

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