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Spring rain for the inland southeast

Jess Miskelly, Sunday October 18, 2020 - 10:21 EDT

After a 2019 that couldn’t seem to rain even when the cloud was there, yet another rainfall event has affected the southern inland, bringing the heaviest October rain in a decade to parts of the Riverina and northeast Victoria.

Narrandera topped the low lying areas, receiving 26mm overnight Saturday while Wangaratta got 22mm, the heaviest October rain in 10 and 8 years respectively. It also makes it the wettest start to spring since 2016.  

 

Image: Selected rainfall totals (in mm) recorded to 9am EDT Sunday 18th October, 2020 overlain with Mean Sea Level Pressure (MSLP) from the ECMWF model and visible satellite imagery from the Himawari-8 satellite.

 

Further east, higher on the slopes, there were widespread falls of over 30mm.   

Whilst it’s a bit late in the season to be ideal for some crops, others will welcome the addition to the soil moisture bank that has a lot of filling to be done after the last few years.

The skies will dry over the Riverina, South West Slopes and northeast Victoria over the coming days before showers return late in the week.  From Thursday, another trough will cross the southern inland with similar totals predicted in the period through to Saturday 25th.

This system will also bring rain to central and northern parts of NSW, up to the Moree and Coonabarabran areas which have so far missed out on the bulk of this year’s spring rain.

 

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