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We’re crying out for rain

FINE DROP: Lindsay Fromhold from Meeniyan Post Office has been recording the rainfall since 1978.

LAST month marked the sixth driest April on record state-wide with areas across South Gippsland receiving less than average rainfall.
In Meeniyan, Lindsay Fromhold reported 34.4mm of rainfall for April 2019 – significantly less than the 53.8mm in April last year.
Mr Fromhold said last month had seen mostly warm and dry conditions.
“It’s good Foster way, but Meeniyan is still pretty dry but that’s starting to change. It’s better here than anywhere else in the state. South Gippsland is still the best place,” he said.
“If we have a dry winter, it will probably suit many farmers here anyway, as we sometimes end up with too much rain.”
Mr Fromhold also reported that East Woorarra received 57.55mm.
As of yesterday (Monday), Leongatha had received 176.4mm of rainfall since the start of the year – a far cry from the year to date average rainfall of 329.4mm.
Neville Buckland from Fish Creek reported 59mm of rainfall for the month of April – 22mm lower than average – with the majority falling towards the end of April.
“The progressive total for the year is 176mm. At this time last year, we had 220mm already,” Mr Buckland said.
While rainfall was below average, Mr Buckland said the rain at the end of the month had been welcomed.
“The rainfall has been excellent. The grass is standing up at the moment and we are supposed to get a bit more,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) reported the strongest wind gusts across the state of 144km/h were recorded at Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse on April 26.
According to BoM, Wilsons Promontory’s mean minimum and maximum temperatures were approximately 1° warmer than average. The Prom only reached 47 percent of its average rainfall of 83.5mm.

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