With around 40 mm falling across the urban area Geelong has continued to enjoy average rainfall for two months running after a dry start to the year. Otway catchment areas were patchy, with Mt Sabine receiving 154mm and West Barwon only 69mm. Very dry subsoils have ensured that runoff has unfortunately been minimal. In Geelong rain fell on 13 days and the 6-day period from the 24th to the 29th yielded 33.4mm after two strong fronts / troughs.
Geelong was 0.35 degree C cooler than the published long-term normal. Daily minimums averaged 9.0 (compared with 9.5) and daily maximums averaged 20.0(compared with 20.2). The warmest day was the 2nd, with a maximum of 32.3 and the coldest was the 26th with 12.5, equalling the record from 1999. Lowest minimum was 2.6 on the 30th.
There were three thunder days, three storm days (3rd, 15th and 26th) and one severe storm on the 26th, the first for the year. In that storm, winds exceeded 90kph and structural damage was recorded in many suburbs. Portarlington suffered a storm surge when 96kph winds from the WNW drove incoming tidal waters of Corio Bay onshore, flooding at least 15 homes in the Ramblers Road area. The SES was kept very busy, attending 57 calls.Wind gusts over 60kph occurred five times at Mt Duneed, with the maximum of 104kph recorded on the 15th.
|Forrest (West Barwon)||69.0||94.4|
|Little River (You Yangs)||na||43.2|
|Mt Duneed Airport||39.2||41.9|
|Geelong Urban Area Average||40.0||42.0|