Autumn began yesterday with heavy rain falling across the Coffs Coast.
Autumn began yesterday with heavy rain falling across the Coffs Coast. Leigh Jensen

Goodbye to a long hot summer

YESTERDAY we officially waved goodbye to summer – appropriately with a cloud-filled sky and rain – and what a summer it was.

The summer of 2009/2010 was a varied one. From record-breaking dry spells to above-average rainfall, we had it all.

“It was a dry-ish summer,” duty observer at the Bureau of Meteorology Coffs Harbour office Roger Brown said.

“The summer before last was a wet one – we had 820.0mm of rain over the three months,” Mr Brown said.

“Last summer, we had 573.6mm of rain – so this summer was a bit dryer than usual.

“The big movement in rainfall between January and February moved things around a bit.”

Looking at the statistics, some huge variations from mother nature left us a real mixed bag.

Over the three-month period we had a combined total of 406.4mm of rain, which falls below the average of 552.2mm.

December started out well – we had a healthy 136mm of rain that fell just short of the 151mm average for the month.

Then beach-goers revelled in the second driest January on record, with the majority of the month sunny and hot – it wasn’t until the very last few days of the month we received a much-needed dose of rain, bringing our monthly total to a tiny 17.2mm.

In February we more than made up for the big dry.

We copped 253.2mm of the wet stuff, above the monthly average of 215.7mm.

According to weatherzone.com.au, the rain that’s been plaguing us recently isn’t going anywhere.

Several cold front events expected across the east coast mean we should anticipate widespread rain on the Mid North Coast through March and into early April.



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