See just how dire the Tweed?s rainfall situation is by comparing this year?s monthly rains with the average from 1972-2004.
See just how dire the Tweed?s rainfall situation is by comparing this year?s monthly rains with the average from 1972-2004.

Tweed records biggest dryRain elsewhere not likely here

By ROXANNE MILLAR

IT is the driest it has ever been on the Tweed.

Historical statistics show the five-month period from May to September this year has been the driest five months on rainfall records, which go back to 1881.

In the past five months the Tweed has had 80 millimetres of rain, one-third of what was recorded in the month of January alone.

The previous record for the driest May to September period was back in 1946 when the Tweed had 103mm of rain.

And it does not look like the area will get any wetter any time soon.

Sydney Bureau of Meteorology climate spokesperson Clinton Rakich said rainfall looked good for the Hunter and Mid-North Coast regions over the next few weeks.

"Maybe not yourself though," he said.

"The forecast is for dry and sunny conditions from Saturday to Monday."

Mr Rakich said most of NSW had experienced a dry spell over winter, caused by a change in the type of winds the state usually gets.

"Over the winter period we had prolonged westerly winds, when normally rain is brought by south-easterly winds," he said.

"It seems to be breaking, but no-one can say for sure, but they are definitely going to break the dry in the Hunter and up to the Mid-North Coast."

He said it was difficult to make a long-range forecast because there were no strong weather patterns over the Pacific Ocean, which can be very influential.



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