Weather

The injustice of rain

Ben Domensino, 26 May 2017

The cumulative effect of two rain-bearing systems in the last saw many locations across New South Wales exceed their monthly average rainfall by Wednesday morning. Unfortunately, this wasn‚??t been the case everywhere.

Some of the winners this month include areas in the Upper Western, Snowy Mountains and South Coast districts and smaller pockets of the North West and Central West Slopes and Plains.

Hay Airport saw more than a month‚??s worth of rain during the 24 hours to 9am on Friday, when 42mm hit the gauge. Further north, West Wyalong has nearly doubled its May average, with 72mm so far this month. If Tamworth picks up another 4mm before next Wednesday, this will be their wettest May in 20 years.

By contrast, places that haven‚??t fared too well so far this month include Collarenebri (1mm), Dubbo (5mm) and Williamtown (11mm). Adding to their pain are significantly higher totals at nearby rain gauges. Rowena, less than 30km out of Collarenebri, has picked up more than 20mm this month. A trip down the Newell Highway will take you from parched Dubbo to healthier fields around Parkes, where close to 50mm has fallen so far during May.

Rainfall can be unfair and mother nature always has the final say.


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