Tuesday, June 05, 2012

It's raining, it's pouring

from w
We are sick and tired of the rain, the cool weather. For seven years we had a drought and from last year the weather pattern has certainly changed. The last few days have been so wet, breaking records.  However the highest rainfall is in the Otways - near the town of Forrest - nearly 300mm in three days. There are numerous flood warnings as the Barwon River fills up and the waters will reach Geelong in a few days.
From today's Addie:

Geelong has its wettest June day in 73 years

GEELONG had its wettest June day for 73 years in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday.
Geelong Weather Services director Lindsay Smail said the three consecutive days of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were also a record, being the wettest three days in June sine the year of the "great floods" in 1952.
"At 9am Geelong's rain was 38mm (for the previous 24 hours) at the race course, and previously the highest total in June was a day on June 1, 1939, when 39mm fell," he said.
"Over the last three days, on June 3, 4 and 5, we have had between 60 and 61mm, and the previous highest over three consecutive days was June 16, 17 and 18, 1952, when 61mm fell, and that was the year of the great floods.
"My collector in Hamlyn Heights, on June 3, 4 and 5 of this year got 65.8mm, so if you use that then that means it was even wetter than the three days in 1952."
The figures for Geelong were nothing, however, compared to those in the Otways. The Mount Sabine weather station in the Otways recorded 283mm over the past three days.
Geelong's main water storage at West Barwon Reservoir was a beneficiary of the rain. Storage levels at West Barwon were standing at 81.2 per cent yesterday, after an intake of 5523 megalitres.


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