More wet weather for Coffs

COFFS Harbour’s monthly rainfall figures have been off the charts lately, as Australia has experienced its wettest spring in 111 years of records.

Just a week into December and already we are well above the average rainfall.

Figures dating back to 1899 show Coffs Harbour average 136.8 millimetres of rain over the last month of the year.

Yet it has taken just days to surpass that mark around the region.

To lunchtime yesterday, the Bureau of Meteorology gauge at the airport had collected more rain than anywhere else in NSW – 72 millimetres to 9am on December 1, then 107mm to 9am December 2, and a further 3.4mm overnight Thursday.

The wet start to summer follows NSW’s wettest spring on record.

“A moderate to strong La Nina weather pattern through the Pacific Ocean has delivered Australia’s wettest ever spring,” meteorologist at The Weather Channel Tom Saunders said.

Looking at the year so far, January to November 2010 has been our third wettest on record but nationally it’s not likely to be a record breaker.

“Even with record high December rain we can’t catch 1974 for the wettest year on record, but another 70mm through December would give us third place.

Mr Saunders said with catchments saturated there’s a serious risk of flooding on the Coffs Coast.

“The La Nina shows little sign of weakening so above average rain should continue through most eastern and northern parts of the country through summer,” he said.

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