Rain­fall has seen spring sprung

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS / PEOPLE -

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.

WELL DONE: Sea­soned per­former Jes­sica Nel­son de­liv­ered a flaw­less speech at the Ja­panese Lan­guage Speech Con­test. Jess has taken part every year since her prep year in 2012, and she is pic­tured with her teacher Shiho Ishi­matsu.

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