Most residents in Victoria woke to a dampened soil this morning, after
many places saw their best rain in months.
Rain developed in western parts on Sunday morning and spread east as a
low pressure trough and cold front crossed the state.
There were widespread falls of 5-15mm over western and central parts
of Victoria to 9am this morning, with even heavier falls in the
southwest and northeast.This would have come as welcome relief for
farmers, with many places sitting well short of their average rainfall
over the first four months of the year.
Hamilton picked up a much needed 12mm to 9am, its heaviest rain since
spring. From January-to-April, the town had only seen 43mm, 30% of its
average rainfall over the period. Kanagulk, also well short of its
average rainfall in this period recorded 27mm, its heaviest total in
two years and heaviest for May in at least 10 years.
In the South West, Cape Nelson and Dartmoor saw their heaviest falls
since winter, with 25mm and 22mm respectively. This was also Cape
Nelson's heaviest May rain in six years. Mount Buffalo in the
northeast recorded the highest official figure with 41mm to 9am.
As the trough and cold front move east today, rain areas will contract
to the east of the state. A further widespread 5-10mm is likely over
these parts, with heavier falls about the northeast ranges.
The south is in for another burst of showers as a low pressure system
forms over Tasmania today. Between today and Friday, there should be
widespread falls of 25-50mm along the southern Victorian coastline.
Unfortunately, most inland areas will see only light falls. The
northeastern ranges should see a further 20-30mm from the system, some
falling as snow.
Showers should finally begin to clear from the weekend as a high
pressure system moves over the state. Cold mornings are likely, with
widespread fog and frost.
© Weatherzone 2013
15:46 EDT The Australian research body the Climate Council has argued in its latest paper that the probability of drought will increase, and it will become more severe, because of climate change.