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.
|Forrest (West Barwon)||93.8||125.0|
|Mt Duneed Airport||53.6||41.6|
|Mt Duneed West||54.1||41.6|
|URBAN AREA AVERAGE||58.0||43.3|