Lower rainfall means less snow for Mansfield area
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).
FILLING THE GAP: Snowmaking at Mt Buller ensures there will be snow on the ground even if Mother Nature forgets.