October was Geelong’s third driest month of the year to date, adding just 23 mm to the annual total. In what ought to be our wettest month, most areas within the district only registered around 40-50 % of normal rainfall.
Geelong’s rain for the year now totals just 347 mm, which is only around 77% of the ten-month average. By this time normally we should expect around 450 mm. The good rain totals of winter time were a break from the last El Nino drought, but despite the confirmed existence of La Nina in the Pacific, no improvement has yet been experienced.
Water supplies are now down to the concerning level of 31% of capacity. Despite this Barwon Water’s ill-advised policy of relieving some water restrictions has been implemented in the face of much public criticism.
The overall mean temperature ended just around 0.6 degrees above average (13.7C compared to 13.1C) and there were no records broken.
There were no days over 30C and the October average is just one. The hottest day reached 29.4C on the 27th and the warmest overnight temperature was 15.8C on the 22nd.
There was one frost, on the 18th (1.1C), and ten very windy days with gusts over 60 kph, with an maximum gust of 83 kph at Mt Duneed on the 3rd. There were no severe storms and lightning was seen on one day (29th).