Drier than average for four years

Beech Forest rain watcher Rupert Hewison says the region had drier-than-average weather in 2014. Meanwhile, the Colac district will swelter through the next two days, with a total fire ban today and another ban probable Saturday.

Beech Forest rain watcher Rupert Hewison says the region had drier-than-average weather in 2014. Meanwhile, the Colac district will swelter through the next two days, with a total fire ban today and another ban probable Saturday.

COLAC and district has had its fourth year in a row of drier-than-average weather, with one watcher dubbing the weather a “green drought”.

Colac rain watcher Evan Robb recorded 549.3mm of rain at his home in 2014, compared with 666mm in 2013 and 630mm in 2012.

Colac receives 750mm of rain in an average year.

Beech Forest had 1343mm of rain in 2014, 407mm less than the long-term average, while Wyelangta recorded 1647.8mm, 612.1mm less than in 2013.

Beech Forest rain watcher Rupert Hewison referred to the conditions as a “green drought”, with the grass green on top but dry underneath.

“All months were less than average with the exception of June and July which were comfortably over average.

“While rainfall has been less than average it fell at more or less evenly spaced intervals and in useful enough amounts to keep the grass green and growing well,” Mr Hewison said.

“Here’s hoping I’ll have better rainfall news to report in 2015,” he said.

December has also been a dry month with 40mm in Colac, 80.6mm at Wyelangta and 63mm at Beech Forest.

Mr Robb said his main concern for the coming year was the farmers.

“The last 12 months for farmers have been really tough. I would like to see the farmers get an early break next year.”

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One Response to “Drier than average for four years”

  1. Christine Hughes

    Little River is at an all time low as well. The conditions here are like 1967, our driest year last century. My family also has a pluviograph for the BOM.