[QODLink]
Weather

The wettest September in over 100 years

Farmers in Western Australia rejoice as the rain pours.

Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 09:30
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Farmers are hoping for a bumper crop after the wettest September in over 100 years [EPA]

The rain in Western Australia has been relentless due to a series of cold fronts which have swept across the region. In Perth, only ten days of the month were dry.

144.2mm of rain was reported in the city and the airport received a little more, 169.6mm.

This is well over the monthly average of 90.1mm, and the highest rainfall total since 1944.

Elsewhere the rainfall was even more out of the ordinary. 130km to the southeast of Perth, the town of Pingelly was drenched by more than 104mm, making it the wettest September in 108 years.

Pingelly is situated in what’s known as the Wheatbelt, a region of Western Australia which is famed for its agriculture.

Farmers in the region were struggling after one of the driest Junes on record. Now the season has been transformed.

The rainfall has been evenly spread throughout the month, ensuring regular watering for the crops.

However, a bumper yield isn’t guaranteed just yet. Harvest begins in November, and there is still the risk of frost between now and then.

Although September was a soggy affair, October will have a much drier start. High pressure is currently dominating the southwest of Australia, and the next few days should be warm and sunny.

209

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
NSA whistleblower Snowden and journalist Greenwald accuse Wellington of mass spying on New Zealanders.
Whatever the referendum's outcome, energy created by the grassroots independence campaign has changed Scottish politics.
Traders and farmers struggle to cope as restrictions on travel prevent them from doing business and attending to crops.
Unique mobile messaging service, mMitra, helps poor pregnant women in Mumbai fight against maternal mortality.
Influential independence figure has been key in promoting Scottish nationalism, but will his efforts succeed?
join our mailing list