Not as hot with less fires in summer
SUMMER’S over and not a very stressful one at that, at least in our part of the North East.
Emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley said although there wasn’t as much fire as last summer, there were challenges with unstable weather bringing with it severe storms, some flash flooding and a heatwave in early January.
The outcome was significant fires in the North East, including at Creightons Creek near Euroa.
Altogether fires burnt through almost 15,000 hectares.
Mr Lapsley said aircraft had played a critical role in first attack this summer, with the fleet of 46 flying around 4000 hours this season and firebombers dropping more than nine million litres of foam, water and retardant.
Rainfall in February in Mansfield was 54.9mm, above the 30 year average of 47.5mm.
Most areas in the district saw rainfall in January and February come in above their averages, while December was below.
For the past month, the maximum temperature in our region was 30 to 33 degrees Celsius according to the Bureau of Meteorology – a far cry from the 45 degrees seen on Black Saturday.
The mean temperature was just 18 to 21 degrees and the lowest temperature for the region was 6 to 9 degrees, according to the BOM.