RAINFALL RELIEF: The Western Downs experienced an influx of rainfall in March.
RAINFALL RELIEF: The Western Downs experienced an influx of rainfall in March. Gerard Walsh

Spike in rainfall numbers a relief for farmers

FOR farmers who battled through record-breaking dryness and drought at the start of 2019, a sense of relief was rife with a staggering increase in rainfall levels arriving in March.

Dalby experienced 93.6mm of rain in March, compared to an average of 58.7mm - 159 per cent above average, according to meteorologist, Harry Clark.

Mr Clark told the Dalby Herald the spike in rainfall was a welcome relief from the dryness that plagued the start of the year.

"It was definitely on the high side,” he said.

"It was probably more noticeable given how dry the previous months have been.”

Dalby had only 0.2mm and 5.4mm in January and February respectively, making the March rainfall numbers an astonishing change.

Despite a cool change with the rain, March was significantly warmer than usual.

"It was definitely warmer than average,” Mr Clark said.

"Maximums were a a degree-and-a-half above average, and minimums were 2.1 degrees above average.

"Even though the last few days of March were cool, the overall March was quite warm given the beginning of the month.”


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