Rainfall was above average in the Geelong Urban area, the Bellarine Peninsula and Lara areas in September. However the Otways and Moorabool catchments both recorded below average totals. The main reason for the variation was that, on the 28th, a band of rain from the northwest and extending over northern Victoria actually propagated further to the south than predicted and dumped up to 12mm on the Geelong area.
Despite most Otways areas being slightly below average, the water catchments have risen to 77% of capacity. This is 14% better than at the same time last year.
Contrary to many Septembers, there were no instances of severe storms or very strong winds. The maximum wind gust recorded at Mt Duneed was 65 kph on the 10th.
September was just fractionally cooler than average. Daily minimums were 0.2 degrees higher than average (7.0 compared to 6.8) but maximums were 0.4 degrees cooler (16.3 compared to 16.7). The coldest day was the 11th; maximum temperature on that day was 11.4 degrees and snow fell at Beech Forest and Ballarat. Coldest overnight minimum was 2.6 on the 20th and the highest daily maximum was 25.7 on the 21st. None of these broke any records.