Lower rain­fall means less snow for Mans­field area

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY -

THE weather gods must be re­ally ticked off with Mans­field.

Over the present win­ter the stingy rain­fall we have ex­pe­ri­enced does not bode well for spring, with the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­cast­ing a drier than av­er­age sea­son for our part of the coun­try.

Cou­pled with this is the ap­pear­ance of snow in north­ern NSW and even in south­ern Queens­land – all at the ex­pense of snow on Mt Buller (which has, at last, ar­rived later).

Although BOM fore­casts of rain and freez­ing weather for this re­gion have not been re­ally ful­filled, another forecast of around 330mm for the spring quar­ter has about a 75 per cent chance of be­ing re­alised, ac­cord­ing to BOM data.

The BOM web­site sug­gests ‘most of eastern Aus­tralia has a roughly equal chance of a wet­ter or drier Au­gust to Oc­to­ber’, but main­tains there will be a dri­erthan-av­er­age three months over south­ern parts of south­east Aus­tralia.

In­flows to Lake Eil­don dur­ing July were only about one third (74GL) of the av­er­age in­flow for the pe­riod, mean­ing that sus­tained rain­fall is needed soon if lev­els are to be raised.

Rain­fall in Mans­field for au­tumn was only 112mm, while that for June/July was just 75.8mm – the low­est since the 2006 drought (75mm).

PHOTO: An­drew Rail­ton - Mt Buller

FILL­ING THE GAP: Snow­mak­ing at Mt Buller en­sures there will be snow on the ground even if Mother Na­ture for­gets.

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