Hopes for a wet spring in Deniliquin as winter rainfall stops short.TYLA HARRINGTON September 5, 2014 4:00am
Deniliquin received its equal record lowest rainfall in August for more than 100 years.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, this year’s 1.6mm was also recorded in 1982 and 1914.
And despite receiving 10.2mm of rain on Monday, the region is still desperate for more.
Elders Deniliquin agronomist Adam Dellwo said the rain was better late than never for winter cropping ‘‘but we needed it a month ago’’.
‘‘We are certainly not out of the woods yet but we’ll take any rain we can get .
The long-term average rainfall for August is 35.8mm.
Deni received 19mm in July, which was also below the 31.6mm average.
It’s been a poor return for local farmers after the 52.6mm recorded in June, which was 34.1mm above the average.
‘‘We had an above average rainfall for April, May and June,’’ he said.
‘‘July was drier than normal and August was very dry .
‘‘What happened last year was we had a really good rainfall in October but it was probably too late to be useful.
‘‘We had a terrific autumn so we’ve got bigger crops this year and higher demand.’’
Elders Weather says there is a 50 per cent chance of rain this Sunday, however less than 1mm is expected.
Deniliquin also felt the winter chill this year, experiencing the coldest temperature on record for the month of August.
According to the BoM, Deniliquin dropped to below freezing temperatures, with a low of -3.5°C recorded on August 3.
The BoM’s online historical data says the lowest ever recorded temperature for Deniliquin in August before this year was -3.4°C, on August 6, 1974.
The long-term average minimum temperature for August is 4.2°C.
July also experienced colder than usual temperatures.
The BoM says the Celsius dropped to -2.7°C. The long-term average is 3.2°C.
Although June was a little warmer, it was still below the average with a low of 1°C recorded. The long-term average is 4°C.
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