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 a low pressure system which brought heavy rain to the Otways specially on the 21st-22nd.
The Barwon catchments are now at 93% of capacity.
And now for a few items of interest:
AVERAGE NOVEMBER RAINFALL: 51.4 mm
THE WETTEST NOVEMBER: 1934 (156.9 mm)
THE DRIEST NOVEMBER: 1982 (6.0 mm)
WETTEST NOVEMBER DAY: 17th Nov, 2011 (89.8 mm in 24 hour period)
Spring, 2013, has seen 150 mm of rain across the urban area, very close to average.
AVERAGE SPRING RAINFALL: 158.3 mm
THE WETTEST SPRING: 350.0 mm in 1949
THE DRIEST SPRING: 51.0 mm in 1888
WETTEST SPRING DAY: 89.8 mm on 17th Nov, 2011
Geelong’s maximum daily average was 20.3 C and minimum 10.4 C, giving a mean temperature for November 2013 of 15.4 C. As such it was below the 1903-2012 average by 0.3 C. 2 days were over 30 C – on the 6th (31.3 C) and 27th (32.6 C).
Some items from the forthcoming Geelong Weather Almanac:
THE WARMEST NOVEMBER: 2009 (mean temperature was 18.1 deg)
COLDEST NOVEMBER: 1960 (mean temp was 13.4 deg)
WARMEST NOVEMBER DAY: 24th Nov, 1982 (maximum 40.7 deg)
COLDEST NOVEMBER DAY: 4th Nov, 1913 (maximum 10.8 deg)
WARMEST NOVEMBER NIGHT: 30th Nov, 1908 (minimum 23.3 deg)
COLDEST NOVEMBER NIGHT: 6th Nov, 1977 and 4th Nov, 1980 (minimum 1.0 deg)
MOST FROSTS IN NOVEMBER: 2 in 1977
In spite of a cooler November, this spring was warmer than average by around 0.7 C. Our long-term average spring temperature is 13.7 C and this year it was 14.4 C.
THE WARMEST SPRING: 2011 (mean temperature was 15.3 deg)
COLDEST SPRING: 1905 (mean temp was 12.0 deg)
WARMEST SPRING DAY: 24th Nov, 1982 (maximum 40.7 deg)
COLDEST SPRING DAY: 11th Sept, 1969 (maximum 7.8 deg)
WARMEST SPRING NIGHT: 30th Nov, 1908 (minimum 23.3 deg)
On 23rd November a funnel cloud was photographed over the Batesford district. This appears to have been a comparatively narrow land spout which did not touch the surface and therefore caused no damage. It does however exemplify the unstable nature of the atmosphere at that time and is well worth recording. There was only one thunder-day (28th) and no storms were reported. The month was also unusually calm with only one day with wind gusts up to 63 kph at Breakwater.