September is driest in a decade

LAST month was the driest September in a decade with only 11.2mm of rain.

The Weather Channel chief meteorologist, Dick Whitaker, said that the weather station at Lismore Airport recorded the lowest amount of rain in September since 2003, when it had only 3.8mm.

"Average rainfall for September in Lismore is 50.4mm," Mr Whitaker said.

The meteorologist explained that "since the La Niña ocean-atmosphere phenomenon disappeared, we have a very weak El Niño phenomenon that is close to neutral. This means that we expect close to average rainfall for the rest of the year."

"September is always the driest month of the year so we think Lismore will see more rainy conditions in the future."

Historically, average rainfall levels for Lismore reach 73.2mm in October, 94.1mm in November and up to 12.4mm in December.


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