Charleville had big bucketing rain on Friday afternoon. Michelle and Zoe Ebsworth pictured enjoying said rain.
Charleville had big bucketing rain on Friday afternoon. Michelle and Zoe Ebsworth pictured enjoying said rain. Andrew Messenger

West enjoys wet, weird and wonderful winter weather

CHARLEVILLE district has had its wettest winter for decades

Charleville weather man Scott Adams said the 252 millimetres of rain for the three months of winter smashed the previous record of 210mm set in 1950. You have to look back to the 20s to find more rain through the winter months. It's definitely a welcome reprieve from a deadly drought.

August was approaching its record rainfall, with 72.4mm, just short of the 72.8 record set in 1978.

He said it was also a relatively mild winter, with minimums sitting about 3 degrees above average.

Winter ended on Thursday - some say it never started - but Spring has started with a drenching, with an additional 15mm at Charleville airport on Friday.

Cunnamulla largely missed out of the winter rain, but got nearly double Charleville on Friday, with about 25mm he said.

He said that computer modelling had pretty much nailed its prediction of wet weather for winter, announced months back. The forecast for the future is that no more records will be broken, but that there will be somewhat above average rainfall.


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