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June 2000

RAINFALL “A disappointing month for rainfall” is how Lindsay Smail, manager of Geelong Weather Services, described June’s falls. Much of the region only received around 70-90% of the normal June totals. The Bellarine Peninsula fared best, with St Leonards well above average, but a large area from Colac through Inverleigh, Teesdale and Lethbridge were well down. In spite of a…

July 2008

RAINFALL Rainfall was about 25-30% above average for July. But published rainfall averages for Geelong are very misleading. The Bureau of Meteorology publishes at least two different average figures for Geelong: 41.9mm in the daily paper and 52.9mm on the internet, so we at Geelong Weather Servicesuse the last 30 years composite data for the urban area which is 43.5mm.…

September 2012

RAINFALL Geelong again recorded average to above average rain for September. The average across the urban area, from Lara to Waurn Ponds, was 52 mm. Long-term averagefor Geelong is 49.7 mm. The wettest suburb was Drumcondra (66.3 mm) and the driest was Connewarre (36.1 mm).For the sixth consecutive month average rainfall or above was received across Geelong.The Otways and the…

November 1997

RAINFALL Rainfall occurred largely at three main times this month. On the first day, when thunderstorms and heavy rains lashed the region, bringing isolated floods and hail damage to properties right across the region. On the tenth and again on the fourteenth, when, once again, hailstorms damaged buildings and cars, and flash floods devastated areas from Teesdale, Bannockburn, Corio across…

February 2002

RAINFALL Above average rainfall across the region was caused entirely by the heavy downpours and thunderstorms in the early morning of the 8th, during which parts of the Beeac-Lismore district recorded around 150 mm in less than six hours. The Geelong urban area received an average of 40 mm at that time, and around 45 for the month. Surfcoast towns…

February 2006

RAINFALL In contrast to last February’s massive downpours the Geelong district has just completed a very poor rainfall month, with only around half of the average. Geelong received around 20mm for the month, only half of the average 37mm, with Belmont only receiving 16mm and Avalon 28mm. The total rain for the summer months has only been around 80% of…

April 2010

RAINFALL Below average rainfall was received across most of the urban area, but the northwestern suburbs, eg, Bell Post Hill, recorded 46.2mm which is above average for April. Geelong Airport had 34 mm, which is 12mm short of its average figure. Nevertheless, accumulated rain since January shows a totalin Geelong of 142mm, fractionally above the average figure for this time…

November 2013

RAINFALL In November Geelong had 42.4 mm at Breakwater and an average of 50 mm across the whole urban area, just below the long-term average. In contrast the Otways region received in some cases almost double the monthly average, but some Golden Plains areas received less than half the normal, a strange situation which reflects mainly the on-shore southeasterlies from…

March 1999

RAINFALL March was generally an above average month for areas close to Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula, according to Lindsay Smail of Geelong Weather Services, but the Otway catchments and the Meredith-Teesdale districts were below average. The Geelong average of around 35 mm was exceeded by all places to the east of Bannockburn. In urban Geelong, Corio received the maximum…

September 2003

RAINFALL AND WIND “September is usually windy, but this would have been one of Geelong’s windiest Septembers ever,” Lindsay Smail, Director of Geelong Weather Services said. There were 18 days on which wind gusts over 60kph struck in the Geelong region. The worst days were the 19th and the 24th. when wind gusts of well over 100kph caused severe storm…

May 2007

RAINFALL Yet another disappointing month for Geelong’s rainfall has ended. Despite many good falls elsewhere in the state preliminary figures show that the Geelong and Bellarine regionshave generally received below average totals for May and autumn as a whole. Geelong’s average rainfall for May is 51 mm, but only around 30-35 mm was recorded across the urban area. West Barwon…

August 2011

RAINFALL August was Geelong’s driest month for the year so far. The Breakwater Racecourse AWS recorded just 19.6 mm and the average for Geelong is around 49 mm. This means it fallswithin the lowest 10% of all recorded August rains since records began in 1871. The driest August was in 1982, when only 10 mm was received at North Geelong.Most…