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Shepparton's yearly rainfall below average

Shepparton has suffered a dry year, with rainfall well below the annual average.

DARREN LINTON December 24, 2013 4:40am

Shepparton will fall well short of its average annual rainfall, with the long-range forecast indicating it will be dry through to the new year.

The region averaged 564mm from 1964 to 1995, but the average had dropped significantly during the past 17 years since the weather monitoring station moved to Shepparton’s airport.

The average since 1996, which includes one of the worst droughts on record and two significant flood events, is 450mm.

With just more than a week left this year, Shepparton has recorded 380mm, including about 7mm that fell yesterday morning.

Even taking into account the malfunctioning automatic weather station, which failed to record any rainfall during April, Shepparton is still short of the recent rainfall average and a long way behind the longer-term average going back to the 1960s.

The nearby weather station at Tatura recorded only 2.4mm in April.

While the annual rainfall is below par, the important months of July and August delivered average rainfall, helping to sustain the recovery in the main Goulburn River storage at Lake Eildon.

Lake Eildon is at 88 per cent, five per cent lower than it was at the same time last year.

The highest maximum temperature was recorded on January 5 when it reached 42.2°C and the warmest night of the year occurred on the same day when the lowest temperature was 25.4°C.

A run of seven cold days in June produced six mornings where it was below freezing, including the coldest overnight temperature of -1.9°C on June 26.

However, the coldest day came a month later on July 20 when the daily maximum was a chilly 9.1°C.

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