Photography a snap for showtime Colin
Record september frosts at some places
SEPTEMBER was certainly noteworthy for a high frequency of frosts in our region.
Wangaratta with frosts on 21 days was a new record high for September, just beating the September 2007 record of 20 days.
Nearby Rutherglen recorded frosts on 23 days and this equalled the record high of September 1933.
It is interesting to note after Septembers of 1933 and 2007, October was considerably warmer than normal with maximum temperatures reaching as high as 35 degrees late in the month and not much rain until near the end of the month.
Swan Hill last month had an unbelievable 11 days of frosts, well above the normal occurrence of four days and also recorded its coldest September nights since 1905.
Another case of low September minima at Swan Hill was 3.8 in 1914.
For the last three months of this year I expect similar weather profiles to that of 1914 and not 1905.
1914 was a very dry year like this year while 1905 was notably wetter than average from April through to September.
October 1914 was much hotter than avearge, 39 degrees at Rutherglen on 31st and very dry.
If the end of this year turns out to be similar to 1905 we will be in for a scorching January and February which did happen in 1906.
The temperature reached 51 degrees in Mildura in January 1906.
Much needed very heavy rain arrived in our region early March 1906 and from that point it was very wet the rest of that year.
Some weeks ago I mentioned about an 80 year rainfall cycle.
The last five months of 1938 was bone dry which led to the January 1939 fires, 47 degrees on Black Friday at Wangaratta.
Much needed heavy rain finally arrived by late February 1939.
Melbourne had its driest September since 2008 and apart from significant rain in late November and mid December that year most of 2008 was dry and that led to the Black Saturday fires.
Needless to say the fire danger is already very high for this time of the year, considering the above normal winds we had for most of this year.
LENS AT THE READY: Keen photographer Colin Lang regularly enters his images in the Wangaratta Show.
THE CHRONICLE - Monday, October 8, 2018 - former CSIRO climatologist Page 9