Dry spring on the cards for Alpine Shire
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 BY TATE SPITERI
DESPITE a relatively wet November (79.6mm in Myrtleford), the Alpine Shire has still fallen well short of its usual spring rainfall averages.
Just 67mm fell in the months of September and October for Myrtleford this year down from 181 in 2017 and 294 in 2016.
In total, it meant just 147.4mm fell in Myrtleford for the season, almost 80 short of the five year 226ml average.
Similarly, Bright experienced a very dry spring with just 167mm falling compared to 264mm and 389mm the past two years.
Porepunkah with 217.4mm saw the most rain across the past three months, but again remarkably low statistics for September and October meant the town fell well short of its five year average, 285.2mm.
Apart from a heavy downfall way back on September 7, Melbourne Cup Day was the wettest day of the season.
And while racegoers were perhaps angered by the conditions it was a timely boost for the regions greens.
According to the Myrtleford Weather Station, 21.2mm fell between 9am and 3pm on Cup Day, equating to over 14 per cent of the entire seasons rain.
Local livestock transporter, Liam Harrington said the Cup Day downpour was welcomed by his clients.
“It was the perfect time really,” he said.
“Even just up the road towards Wangaratta it was probably a little bit too late because the grass had already started to go off, but here it worked out very well.”
The Alpine Shire of course had a very wet start to summer in 2017 with flooding across the area due to over 130mm in two days on December 2 and 3.