Stawell's May rainfall receives a boost

Stawell's May rainfall total received a boost earlier this week, when more than ten millimetres of rain was recorded.

Jordyn Russell checks the rain gauge at Westway Nursery.

Jordyn Russell checks the rain gauge at Westway Nursery.

Some heavy downpours were experienced in the region during the early hours of Tuesday morning, dumping a total of 9.8mm (40 points), before a further 3.4mm fell during the day and into the evening.

This meant rain was recorded on a total of 12 days throughout May, but most falls were light, seeing the total rainfall for the month limp to just 31mm (125pts). This has been about the benchmark over the past five years, with rainfall just below 30mm having been recorded. Prior to that, there were some heavy falls recorded for Stawell, including a massive 95.6mm (383pts) in 2007.

May's average monthly rainfall is 55mm (220pts).

The low rainfall wasn't surprising, given the average temperature for May was 17.8 degrees Celsius. The highest recorded temperature was on Friday, May 16, in the midst of five consecutive days above 20 degrees.

April's rainfall was only boosted by the fact there were two falls for the month above 14mm. These occurred early in the month and then on the last day, which allowed the total to reach 48.6mm (195pts).

This rain was needed, after both March and February remained dry. The March rainfall total was just 4.8mm, continuing an alarming trend which saw 3.4mm fall last year. In 2007, the total was just 5.4mm, in 2006 it was 5.8mm and in 2005, the total was just two millimetres.

February did not fare much better, recording 4.8mm after a wet month last year where 50.2mm was recorded.

January also bucked the trend from the previous year, with 19.4mm being recorded this year after no rain in 2013.

This has meant the total for the year to date has reached 106.5mm (427pts) compared with 91mm (365pts) in 2013.

Mt William had recorded 19.2mm to 9am Tuesday and then a further 10.4mm to Wednesday. The monthly rainfall total for Mt William in May has reached 87mm (348pts).

This followed on from a wet April, which saw 103mm (412pts) recorded, with rain having fallen on 24 days throughout the month.

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