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Spring rainfall best since 1992

Thursday, 2nd December, 2010

Broughtman Street resident, John Parker, was amazed at the beautiful and abundant flowers produced by his cactus this spring Broughtman Street resident, John Parker, was amazed at the beautiful and abundant flowers produced by his cactus this spring

Summer got off to a cool start yesterday after the wettest spring in 18 years.

The first day of summer in the city saw a low of 13 degrees and a maximum of 24.

It was one of the wettest springs on record, with 168.8mm falling here over the three months.

Local weatherman, Phil Mew, said the average monthly rainfall was usually about 20mm.

Since the start of the season in September, an average low temperature of 11.5 was recorded and an average high of 22.3.

This was matched by an average of 56.2mm rain per month. "That's fantastic rainfall," said Mr Mew.

He said it had rained every month since February. "For three months last year, we got 64.4mm, just really an average spring last year," he said.

"By February this year, we got an extra four inches of rain. It's a hell of a big difference." 

He also said the soil was damper than in previous years and that volcanic ash from Indonesia was being blown over Australia.

Combined with the moisture, it worked almost as fertiliser, making the plants grow better, Mr Mew said.

"It's like a fertiliser you can't really see. Mr Mew said it might even rain on Christmas Day. "I would say there's a pretty good chance of a showery Christmas."

He said he expected the rain to continue into mid-March and early April. Forecasts show possible showers today, with a maximum of 27 degrees and a low of 16 degrees.

Meteorologist with The Weather Channel, Tom Saunders, said the rainfall for spring "beat anything" the city had recorded in the past decade.

"You have to go back to 1992 to find a wetter spring," Mr Saunders said. Senior Meteorologist at The Weather Channel, Dick Whitaker, said inlandNSW had recorded one of its wettest springs on record due to a moderate to strong La Nina weather pattern across the Pacific Ocean.

So far the city has doubled its rainfall, which now stands at 493mm compared to 218.8 last year. It's the third wettest year on record.

"Up in Queensland some of the places have had so much rain they just wish it would go away."

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