‘Sprum­mer’ could cause a pur­ple rain de­lay

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

THE iconic burst of pur­ple flow­ers around the Gympie re­gion could be de­layed this year with the con­tin­ued on­slaught of “Sprum­mer” weather.

The record-break­ing win­ter warmth and lack of rain has also re­sulted in an ex­pected record low wheat yield for farm­ers, re­duced cot­ton plant­ing around St Ge­orge and a wor­ri­some sea­son for mango and wa­ter­melon grow­ers.

Tem­per­a­tures in Gympie on Wed­nes­day reached 30.8 de­grees, and last Wed­nes­day’s 31.3 max­i­mum was our hottest Septem­ber day in four years - five de­grees above av­er­age.

The sum­mer-like spring weather has forced the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy to coin the term “Sprum­mer”.

“There could be a de­lay in the peak flow­er­ing sea­son (typ­i­cally in Oc­to­ber) be­cause of that warm win­ter,” the BoM said.

“Of­ten a burst of rain helps spring the flow­ers to life. Most jacaranda trees flower in spring but it does de­pend on how much rain falls.”

Bowen Grow­ers chair­man Carl Walker said re­gional win­ter crops strug­gled with the lack of rain fol­low­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie’s de­struc­tion ear­lier in the year.

“It could be a bit tough for man­goes and mel­ons this sum­mer if we don’t get much more rain,” he said.

PHOTO: RE­NEE AL­BRECHT

Jeremy Dore hav­ing a climb in a jacaranda tree in Gympie dur­ing last year’s blos­som­ing.

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