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Entries in Drought (4)

Wednesday
Mar022016

BENDIGO has suffered through one of its driest February's on record.

The Bendigo Airport recorded only 4.4 millimetres for the month, about 13 per cent of the long-term average.

The skies opened on only three occasions, including a high of 2.4mm on the first day of the month.

Bendigo has gone 27 straight days without a drop rain since 0.2mm fell on February 3.

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/3762535/dry-conditions-to-continue-into-march/?cs=80

Wednesday
Feb032016

2015 was the hottest year on record

Every month since February 1985 has been warmer than average, and 2015 is the 39th consecutive year with above-average annual temperatures in an uninterrupted run that began in the mid 1970s. Ten months in 2015 beat previous records for those months.

High temperatures broke the internet (literally); led to cancelled sporting events in Victoria and South Australia; and added to severe bushfire conditions in several states.

 

https://blog.csiro.au/2015-hottest-year-ever-recorded/

Thursday
Jan282016

Carting water in West Wimmera & South Grampians.

Livestock producers and rural families in typically high rainfall regions of West Wimmera and Southern Grampians shires face a long summer of carting water for stock and domestic use.

Veteran farmers said supplies were the lowest on record and "much worse" than drought years in the 1960s and 1980s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-20/drought-water-policy-infrastructure-livestock-lamb-cattle/7101274

Thursday
Jan212016

Water shortages in SW Vic affect red meat farmers

A prime lamb producer in Pigeon Ponds, Mr Leeming said neighbours were lining up at community bores and carting water most days.

Many of the region's producers rely solely on surface dams for livestock, so much of the water they cart evaporates or is absorbed into the ground.

The stories of hardship extend from the South Australian border through Casterton, Dergholm, Edenhope and Coleraine.

Mr Leeming said issues were spreading even further.

"Ararat, for example, on the other side of the Grampians has had there years of absolutely no surface run-off," he said.

Read more of the article here