Amateur weather watcher compares wet years

By Country News

By John Bentley, Tongala

As an amateur weather watcher my eyes and ears pricked up when reading Sophie Baldwin’s piece on our recent good fortune with the best autumn break in “decades”.

Well, not quite! In fact it has only been eight years since we had such a good start to the year.

In fact, it was downright wet and as we all know, there’s money in mud.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology and my records, this table reveals some interesting rainfall figures.

While I wasn’t around in 1974 (I was in Western Australia), I definitely was around in 2011 and 2012 — three of the wetter years in recent history.

This summer has been one of extreme contrasts: a stinking hot December followed by milder conditions during January and February then turning wet in March and April.

However, when it’s all said and done, it is a welcome relief for us all in the face of COVID-19.

Now all we have to do is fix the water job.