The big wet to continue soaking us up to February 2017

By Peter Nelson on September 20, 2016

The frequent rain events which first began at the end of April is now expected to continue in NE Victoria up to February next year. At Beechworth from May up to mid September a total of 854 mms has been recorded and this is the highest May to September rainfall to date since 1088 mms in 1917. The small farming community of Warrenbayne west of Benalla has recorded 763 mms from May to mid September and this is the wettest such period since 833 mms also 99 years ago in 1917.These rainfall totals at Beechworth and Warrenbayne are close to the annual averages already.

The town of Daylesford near Castlemaine has recorded it's wettest ever May to September period on record in 146 years of records with 808 mms and this total will be higher with further rain this week. A daily fall of 66 mms at Daylesford was it's highest September reading since 1916. 

Further heavy rain has fallen at Charleville, QLD and the June to September rainfall is closing down on the record wet June to September set back in 1920 and 1886. Birdsville has had a record wet September breaking the previous September of 1973.

Darwin has had 42 mms this month which is rare for September and the last time this happened was in 2010.

All these events of excessive rains at those places above this year are very similar to previous very wet years of 1863, 1870, 1886, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1973 and 2010. All of these past episodes certainly led to more very wet weather up to well into the next summer season probably early February. A few dry breaks of about a fortnight in anticipated around mid October and again about a fortnight up to Christmas. There will be a high frequency of thunderstorms with flooding and humidity above normal next summer.

By Peter Nelson on September 20, 2016

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