For the last 26
years, from the day that we purchased our property, we have been religiously
keeping daily rainfall records. It is just something that farmers do. The
weather is never far from a farmers mind, and rainfall or lack thereof is
always a topic for discussion.
According to the Australia's Bureau of Meteorology our
long-term yearly average is 433mm (17”). Our personal recorded average
over the 26 years of records is 409mm (16.1”). These years do include the Millennium
Drought during the 2000s, so called as vast areas of Southern Australia had the
lowest recorded rainfall since European settlement, including our area.
do the statistics look like?
A fair bit of variation from year to year.
lowest year was 2006 with just 191mm (7.5"), but it was followed by another 3 years of
well below average rainfall. 2010 was highest year with 702.5mm (the 0.5mm are
very important… they all add up!) which is 27.6". This was the year that broke the drought for
us… the year that we all rejoiced.