The first six months of 2012 was much wetter than last year following the 50 mm in June which brought the total for the year so far to 418.3 mm or 16 inches and 74 points. For the same period last year, Grenfell recorded a total of 314.2 mm (12 inches and 58 points).
The 50 mm (2 inches) in June this year was much higher than June 2011 when just 16.6 mm was recorded. Local farmers are very pleased with the wetter conditions and are looking forward to good rains in July and more importantly to a wet Spring.
Since 1886, the average rainfall for June is 56.3 mm. Grenfell’s wettest June was in 1923 when 176.2 mm was measured and again in 1931 when 164 mm was recorded. Our driest June was in 1944 when just 2.8 mm fell over the township. That year the annual rainfall was only 9 inches and 96 points- a very dry year.
June this year experienced below average temperatures with the month’s coldest morning being recorded on Saturday, June 9 when it dropped to –3.0 degrees. On June 10 it also was very cold when it was –2.2 and again on June 20 when it was a quite chilly –1.9 and June 30, 0.6. The lowest ever temperature recorded since 1965 was on June 15, 2006 when it dropped to –6.5 degrees.
June’s maximum temperature from 9 am was recorded on 14th when it rose to just 17.5 degrees. Other days when temperatures rose over the 17 degrees mark were June 12- 17.3, June 13 17.4, June 28 17.2 degrees.
The average temperature for June 2012 was 13.9 and the average since 1965 is 14.4 degrees. The hottest June day since 1965 was recorded on June 1, 1994 when it rose to a very warm 23.3 degrees. The rainfall for June that year was only 27 mm and for the year 352.6 mm or just over 14 inches.
We now have July with us and already up until Monday morning the 2nd, 5 mm (20 points) has been measured- lets hope the district receives further good beneficial rains during the month.
The SOI (Southern Oscillation Index) reading of –13.3 is in a El Nino situation, meaning drier conditions.
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