Driest August in 99 years

WITH just 0.4 millilitres of rain falling in Lismore this month, it has been the driest August since 1913. And records don't go back much further than that.

In August 1913, no rain fell at all.

According to David Barlow from the Bureau of Meteorology, the 0.4ml we've had this month could be due to dew (or condensation).

"It is surprising," he said. "But there have been a lot of high pressure systems this month which bring clear skies, and the cold fronts that we've had have been mainly well south or west of Lismore.

"Still - there's a couple of days left in the month yet, and you have a 30% chance of a shower on Friday."

The seasonal outlook, according to the Bureau's Acacia Pepler, is that there's a 50-50 chance of Lismore having continued dry weather going into spring, and there's a 60% chance of this year's spring being warmer than normal.

Over at The Weather Channel, Felim Hanniffy looks to the Southern Oscillation Index, confirming that it's tending a little more towards El Nino (dry) than La Nina (wet) for the coming months.

For the coming week, Felim predicts a cooler weekend with a chance of a shower, then warm northerly winds building up and becoming quite gusty up until Wednesday, September 5.


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