Pho­tog­ra­phy a snap for show­time Colin

Record septem­ber frosts at some places

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY KYLIE

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.

PHOTO: Mel Guy

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

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