Better late than never: wet end to driest summer on record

SOAKING rains have finally provided relief for farmers and primary producers with large parts of the region receiving more than three inches over the weekend.

Gloucester received its best falls in more than three months as 95mm of rain fell between 9am Friday and 9am Monday.

The Moppy area received 114mm with Careys Peak in the Barrington Tops getting 93mm.

Waukivory residents enjoyed 80.8mm while Craven received 87.4mm and Upper Bowman had 76.2mm.

The rain came after the driest summer on record for Gloucester.

Figures taken from the Bureau of Meteorology indicate just 51.8mm of rain fell in February (see footnote), well below the monthly average of 123.4mm. Rainfall data collected at Gloucester Post Office shows, since records began in 1888, the three-month period between the start of December and the end of February has never been drier. 

The accumulated total for the three months of summer was 81.6mm in Gloucester - the next lowest rainfall for the same period was in 1899-1900 when 96.8mm of rain was recorded.

- Because the Bureau of Meteorology measures 24-hour rainfall data to 9am, the 40mm of rain that fell in Gloucester after 9am on Friday, February 28 was recorded as falling on March 1. 

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