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Monthly rainfall tallies

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Monthly rainfall tallies (in millimetres) for the past 12 years, as measured 20 km (12.5 miles) east of Armidale, NSW.

Rainfall table
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2002 50.0 80.0 78.7 3.5 4.3 21.9 10.3 58.2 26.7 25.0 83.2 75.6 517.4
2003 51.6 144.5 52.7 108.7 39.1 31.8 18.9 23.0 5.7 91.3 55.9 71.1 694.3
2004 192.1 77.8 65.2 22.4 5.4 20.4 43.3 49.6 45.9 111.2 69.0 133.8 835.0
2005 92.9 66.3 16.2 13.2 18.8 82.6 20.9 13.4 87.1 60.2 154.3 98.7 724.6
2006 109.5 115.2 110.2 22.5 3.6 45.8 46.4 30.8 44.8 29.8 133.6 43.8 735.0
2007 98.1 137.1 95.4 43.6 21.7 39.9 8.7 105.4 13.8 95.7 102.8 127.7 889.9
2008 133.6 203.0 3.8 68.9 10.9 60.4 25.8 35.0 54.5 57.1 119.4 61.2 833.6
2009 67.8 160.4 56.6 67.1 121.1 46.1 23.4 18.2 31.3 53.7 52.2 138.4 836.3
2010 134.7 63.4 86.0 53.9 47.3 38.0 68.2 48.8 59.1 59.0 128.6 67.1 854.1
2011 151.6 58.4 87.8 69.3 50.6 156.5 11.7 76.4 70.9 64.3 241.2 116.4 1155.1
2012 122.3 75.6 52.4 55.0 10.7 43.1 75.8 12.8 8.2 14.2 128.4 110.7 709.2
2013 229.5 158.9 65.3 9.1 21.8 66.6 20.1 12.5 24.6 27.2 121.6 34.9 792.1
Avg 119.5 111.7 64.2 44.8 29.6 54.4 31.1 40.3 39.4 57.4 115.9 90.0 798.2

The 135 year average for Armidale (in millimetres) is:

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
Avg 104.5 87.1 65.0 45.9 44.4 56.9 49.2 48.4 51.6 67.8 80.4 89.2 790.1

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January 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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Hot and dry

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It’s been a record breaking hot summer so far. Armidale reached a new maximum-ever temperature a couple of weeks ago with 37.1°C (99°F) though at the house we reached 39°C (102°F). Twelve months ago, last January, we had 229 mm of rain; so far this January we’ve have 4.5 mm. Perhaps another record in the making if we don’t get some more rain this month (The lowest January tally for Armidale is about 42 mm).

The photograph? A terrestrial orchid (Eriocholus cucullatus) which can be found growing not too far from the house in Autumn. All being well, we’ll see some of these orchids again in a month or so.

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