Hopefully Coffs Coast residents will need their umbrellas a lot less in 2012.
Hopefully Coffs Coast residents will need their umbrellas a lot less in 2012.

End of year brings an end to rain

IF you thought you spent a lot more time indoors in 2011 then you're probably right.

The rain that fell on Saturday morning meant that there was an incredible 166 days in 2011 that recorded some rainfall.

That figure is 25 more days than the average mark, meaning there was nearly a month of extra rainy days that Coffs Coast residents endured in 2011.

Those extra 25 days turned into more than 600mm of rain above the annual average.

While the rain in 2011 was a regular feature, a spokesman at Coffs Harbour's Bureau of Meteorology centre said that it is unlikely 2012 will bring a repeat of the past 12 months.

"The heavy rains in December was part of the La Nina climate pattern and the heavy rain in winter was part of an East Coast low that happens from time to time and it just happened to get us," duty observer Andrew Winchester said.

"The La Nina event is still happening so it could keep the rainfall above average overall but in comparison to last year we're not expecting anywhere near as much rain."

Mr Winchester did say though that the outlook is for a fairly dry start to 2012.

"It's looking pretty dry ahead with only a few small rainfalls over the next week," he said.


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