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August 2000

RAINFALL For the fourth year in a row the Geelong region’s winter rainfall has been below average, according to Lindsay Smail of Geelong Weather Services. West and south of Geelong the drought-afflicted Otways and Golden Plains suffered once again, receiving only between 50% and 70% of a normal winter’s rainfall. The Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula, from Anglesea to St…

November 2004

RAINFALL November turned out to be a real surprise to long-term weather forecasters. Even at the start of the month most models were predicting a fairly dry month, with only some chance of rain in the first week.As it eventuated, by the middle of November Geelong had received over 60mm of rain, well in excess of the monthly average of…

September 2008

RAINFALL “Another disappointing rainfall result for Geelong,” was how Geelong Weather Services’ Lindsay Smail described September’s poor result.”Geelong received only around 30 mm which is 60% of the average”, he commented, adding that Otway catchments also suffered with a similarproportion of rain falling there. Across the urban area totals varied from 13.5 mm at Lara to 34.2 mm at Mt…

October 2012

RAINFALL Very low rainfall characterised Geelong in October. The Breakwater Racecourse station only recorded 16.2 mm for the month, in contrast to the long-term averageof 51.3 mm. Most of the Bellarine to Otways Region had below 70% of normal rainfall, a state-wide phenomenon. Only Birregurra (60 mm) had close to its average 65 mm.Rain fell on only ten days –…

January 1998

RAINFALL Rainfall for January across the region showed some amazing variations, according to Lindsay Smail, manager of Geelong Weather Services. Totals varied from 75 mm at Barwon Heads to only 26 mm at Highton. The wettest suburb was Whittington with 71 m. The January average for Geelong is 44 mm. It is not yet resolved how the Bureau of Meteorology…

March 2002

RAINFALL “A miserable result,” was the conclusion of Lindsay Smail, Director of Geelong Weather Services, after March’s low rainfall totals. Across the Geelong region, totals were as low as 2 mm around Colac and Beeac, and further ranged from 6 mm at Mt Duneed to 26 mm at Avalon. Main reason for the local difference was the thunderstorms on the…

March 2006

RAINFALL Geelong had a very poor rainfall month which resembled March last year where the driest autumn on record was experienced. Only 8 mm fell in the urban area, compared to the long-term average of 32 mm.The rainfall outlook for the autumn to spring period, according to Ian Holton, Adelaide-based forecaster, is for a drier than average growing season. A…

May 2010

RAINFALL It was a drier May than average right across the region with most areas receiving around 65% of the normal falls, except at Corio where a coupleof heavy downpours contributed to another above average month. However the 3-monthly seasonal totals show a different picture and a close to normal autumn thanks to heavy falls in March.Overall autumn falls were…

January 2014

RAINFALL January was well below average in rainfall with only around 50-60% of the long-term average being received. Breakwater received 24.6 mm compared to the long-term average 34.6 mm. Most of the Bellarine Peninsula was in the same dryposition, and the Otway water catchment areas only slightly better. Low rainfalls in January are not unusual, and even a dry January…

April 1999

RAINFALL April 1999 was one of our driest Aprils on record. Apart from the drought of 1997, this was Geelong’s driest April since 1976, according to Lindsay Smail of Geelong Weather Services. In the closest areas to Geelong the totals ranged from 5.5 mm at Inverleigh to 40.5 mm at Corio. The average across the urban area was a meagre…

July 2007

RAINFALL A very welcome return to heavy rainfalls was experienced especially in the first half of July. The region’s monthly average of 50mm was doubled with figures of 96mm at Mt Duneed, 94mm at Belmont, 127mm at Clifton Springs and 154mm at Ocean Grove.It was Geelong’s wettest July since 1974 when 109mm was recorded. Most models are now predicting above…

September 2011

RAINFALL Although rainfall for September was below average virtually across the whole region from the Bellarine Peninsula to the Otways, there are few complaints. Geelong’s water catchments are at 90% of capacity and the year so far has been well above average. Average across urban Geelong was around 35 mm, compared to the long-term average of 49 mm. Normal totals…