It was a wet, cold finish to summer in the district last week.By Barbara Sungaila
Heathcote was awash on Wednesday evening after a sudden storm dumped more than 30mm of rain on parts of the district in less than 20 minutes.
This wet, cold finish to summer ended a season of extremes.
The coolest day was on February 28 when the mercury struggled to reach 19.3°C and the hottest on January 7 when the temperature hit 41.1°C.
Searing southerly winds, gusting at up to 70km/h, made the last day of summer feel much colder than the actual figures suggest.
The coldest night was December 17 which left the district shivering at only 4.8°C, while the warmest was a balmy 20°C on January 18.
Rainfall remained low over summer, with the nearest official weather station at Redesdale registering 18.2mm in December, no rainfall in January and 56.8mm in February, almost half of which fell on February 26 when 27.6mm was recorded.
The longest dry stretch was 42 days between December 20 and February 1, and no significant falls were recorded until Friday, February 22, when 11.8mm fell.
Unofficial reports from the wider Heathcote district have shown falls of up to 50mm in the second half of February.
Residents have welcomed this as tanks and dams slowly start to fill after the prolonged dry spell.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts there is a 30 to 40 per cent chance that daytime autumn temperatures will exceed the long-term median maximum.
By contrast, there is a 60 to 75 per cent chance of cooler than normal nights in Victoria during autumn.
A Tamleugh North farmer has described the theft of four sheep fences from his tornado-damaged property ''a low act''.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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