June 2010


Geelong was wet in June!

An amazing range of rain fell across Geelong’s suburbs and the Bellarine Peninsula in June, from only 24mm at Lara North to over 90mm at Leopold East. Most of this great variation occurred in the 24 hour period ending 9am on the 30th when between 10 and 26mm fell from the Bureau’s forecast “isolated showers”. The rain was neither showery nor isolated, but widespread and continuous!

There were 21 rain days.

Six-monthly totals for Geelong have resulted in an accumulated 233mm at Geelong Airport which is 5mm above normal. However, most northern areas and the western side of Melbourne as well as the Otways Barwon Catchment did not receive average falls on this occasion. West Barwon Dam only had 94mm (average 125mm) and most of theOtways received around 70% of normal June rain. Catchment totals have risen marginally to 30.3%.


June was around half a degree C colder than the average figure derived at Geelong Airport over the past 19 years. Although the average temperature wasabout the same as June 2009, the wind chill factor made it feel very cold on some days, due to icy winds and the cooling caused bywidespread rain. It was the coldest June since 2007.

Minimums averaged 5.9 deg compared to the average 6.2C andmaximums averaged 13.8 deg compared with 14.4C. June temperatures at Geelong Airport have actually increased around 0.2 deg C since 1992; if extrapolated to 2050 this would give another 0.4 C increase. Yet even this modest June rise has been used by a few rabid alarmists in the CSIRO and BoM to warn us of “dangerous man-made climate change” – a feature dreamed up by government-employed academics, researchers and politicians, but bearing very little resemblance to provable reality in terms of a clear link to carbon dioxide emissions.

Maximum temperature of 16.8 degrees was reached on the 2nd, and the lowest maximum was 9.9 C on the 29th. The coldest overnight minimum was minus 0.4 C on the 16th.


Frosts (where air temperatures were lower than 2 deg C) occurred 3 times: on the 15th, 16th and 22nd. Strong winds gusted over 60 kph on just 2 days, the 17th and 18th. The strongest gusts of 78 kph were recorded at Mt Duneed on the 17th.


Location Total for
Aireys Inlet 71.8 66.8
Anakie 39.4 49.0
Anglesea na 57.0
Apollo Bay na 109.8
Bacchus Marsh na 38.6
Ballan na 45.0
Ballarat 43.6 64.7
Bannockburn 53.6 42.0
Barwon Heads 72.0 57.0
Bellbrae 81.2 60.4
Bells Beach na 60.4
Beeac 46.5 55.9
Benwerrin 94.6 na
Birregurra 48.4 64.8
Boonah 86.0 na
Cape Otway 63.8 98.0
Colac 45.2 76.8
Clifton Springs 71.8 36.8
Curlewis 69.4 36.8
Dereel na 65.0
Drysdale na 62.5
Durdidwarrah na 57.2
Forrest 85.5 113.0
Forrest (West Barwon) 93.8 125.0
Gellibrand na 111.8
Inverleigh na 46.7
Johanna Heights na na
Lake Colac na 76.8
Lal Lal 67.6 na
Lavers Hill na na
Laverton 37.0 38.0
Melba Gully na na
Melbourne (City) 58.8 50.0
Meredith (Darra) 44.0 57.9
Moriac 59.2 53.0
Morrisons na na
Mt Buninyong 44.8 na
Mt Cowley 117.0 na
Mt Mercer na na
Mt Sabine 153.0 na
Point Lonsdale 68.7 58.0
Pollocksford na na
Portarlington na 55.4
Queenscliff na 56.6
Shelford na 47.0
Sheoaks (1) 26.2 na
Sheoaks (2) na na
St Leonards na 55.0
Teesdale na 50.0
Torquay na 52.0
Warncoort na 68.0
Weeaproinah 185.2 213.1
Winchelsea na 48.5
You Yangs 21.0 35.0
Location Total for
Avalon 32.8 35.6
Bell Park 46.0 40.6
Belmont 71.7 43.9
City 58.0 46.1
Connewarre na 48.7
Corio 38.4 40.0
Grovedale 64.0 42.2
Grovedale South 63.0 42.2
Hamlyn Heights 39.3 42.0
Highton 55.0 42.1
Lara 24.0 37.3
Lara (Serendip) na 37.3
Leopold(1) 89.5 62.9
Leopold(2) na 62.9
Leopold East 90.9 62.9
Manifold Heights 50.8 41.9
Moolap 58.8 61.0
Mt Duneed Airport 53.6 41.6
Mt Duneed West 54.1 41.6
Waurn Ponds 52.2 41.6
Whittington na 41.1


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