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Spring sprang some surprises

Thursday, 1st December, 2011

FAREWELL SPRING: Three-year-old Emmy Matten enjoys the last day of spring in Sturt Park. FAREWELL SPRING: Three-year-old Emmy Matten enjoys the last day of spring in Sturt Park.

 By Kurtis Eichler

 The city has recorded a hotter than average spring and scorching temperatures are being forecast for summer.

Broken Hill broke its long-term average temperature for spring, recording a low of 15.9C and top of 29.6C. Last spring was cooler by more than four degrees in comparison.

Another unusual feature of the season was the three powerful storms that lashed the city last month.

The storms dumped a total of 50mm of rain along with all the thunder and lightning.

Senior Meteorologist with the Weather Channel, Dick Whitaker, said the total rainfall for spring was 107.6mm.

“That’s well and truly above the average of 65.6mm but well and truly below last year,” Mr Whitaker said.

“The wettest spring recorded in Broken Hill was in 1978 with 253.4mm and the driest spring was in 1940 when 5.6mm fell.

“This year had above average rainfall but the La Nina was a lot stronger last year.”

Last year was the city’s wettest spring since 1992, with 168.8mm recorded for the three months. However rainfall has dropped due to a weakening La Nina.

Summer starts today and Mr Whitaker is forecasting hot temperatures and less wet weather.

“I think it’s going to be a bit different to last summer,” he said.

Total rainfall for the year is 571.4mm, 78.6mm higher than this time last year.

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