Capital city March rainfall wrap-upDrew Casper-Richardson, Sunday March 31, 2013 - 14:25 EDT
March saw a mixed bag of rainfall, ranging from over triple the monthly average to only half.
Four of the eight state and territory capitals recorded above average rainfall during March. Perth was wettest compared to average with over triple their usual 18.9mm falling. Despite such a big difference, the western capital only recorded two extra rain days. Rain fell on six March days this year compared to the average of four.
Brisbane in the Sunshine State didn't live up to its name during March. The city recorded 177% of their normal March total with rain falling on 17 days. The total of 170.6mm makes it the wettest March in at least 8 years. In the Top End some late March rain pushed Darwin over their monthly average to finish on 373.2mm. Those in Darwin could be forgiven for thinking it was wetter than this though with at least some rain recorded on 28 days during the month.
Hobart was the closest to average of the capitals picking up 107% of the monthly norm, though they had one less rain day.
All other capitals had below average rainfall. Sydney was the driest with just half of their normal 130.2mm reaching the gauge. Despite only getting half of the average March falls, Sydney only had three less rain days. The start of the month was when most of the rain was recorded. In the first four days 51.8mm fell, making up nearly 80% of the total rain during the month.
Canberra wasn't far behind Sydney, receiving 53% of their normal rainfall totals. The nations capital had rain fall on just four days. Adelaide picked up 68% of their monthly average and had their driest March since 2008.
Melbourne was close to average and just 8mm shy of their average. They had rainfall on nine days, which is right on average.
The coming months are likely to be wetter than normal for Brisbane, Sydney and to a lesser extent, Canberra. Darwin and Perth should be closer to average whilst Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide are more likely to be drier than normal.
© Weatherzone 2013
More breaking news
Rain in parts of western Queensland in the past week has raised hope that the drought may finally be over, but the long, dry years have already devastated pastures and wiped out incomes for many farming families.
Solid central Australian rain a bonus as pastoral company progresses with drought-proofing strategy aimed at selling heavier cattle
A Central Australian pastoral company says recent solid rain across its five cattle stations is a welcome bonus as it continues with a drought-proofing strategy.
Queensland's first cyclone of the season poses no immediate threat to the coast but may whip up dangerous swells for south-east beaches early next week, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) says.