Rainfall has seen spring sprung
ALTHOUGH it feels like it has rained for the last four weeks, Mansfield’s recorded September rainfall is sitting at just under 70mm.
This is almost 50mm more than fell in September 2015, but less than 2013, 2010 and 2009.
In fact, according to the mansfieldweather. com.au website, the winter rainfall has been relatively unexciting when compared with previous years.
Last month, 74mm fell – considerably more than 2014, but only half of what fell in 2013.
Likewise, July recorded 75mm – barely 20mm more than 2015, and the same for 2014.
However, the September rainfall looks set to rise if the monthly forecast from accueweather.com.au comes to fruition.
On it, Mansfield is predicted to receive a further 81mm before the month’s end, with a 25mm deluge predicted for the last day of the month.
The forecast for October is lots of sunshine, mild temperatures and just over 70mm in rain.
The wet and warm weather has everyone in the district rubbing their hands together, from farmers to hay carters, gardeners to tourism operators.
Snowgum Nursery owner, Rob Shepherd, said the conditions were currently ideal for gardening and growing.
“This kind of moisture in the ground is like money in the bank for growers,” he said.
“The ground is so wet now that a lot is running off.”
Mr Shepherd said people would start heading to their garden beds as the weather began to warm up, taking advantage of the soft conditions and moisture rich soils.
“We just want enough rain now to keep the ground moist – no more of these floods,” he said.
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