Dry spell continues in May

By ADRIAN MILLER

ONLY 23 millimetres of rain fell in Grafton last month, making it one of the driest Mays on record for the town, rainfall recorder Reg Bultitude said yesterday.

Mr Bultitude, who has collected rainfall data for the ABC since 1988 and has figures dating back to 1895, said the May figures were disturbing because they followed a drier than normal April.

He said the rainfall for May was considerably down from the average of 92mm, and rain was recorded on only eight of the 31 days.

Mr Bultitude said only 20.5mm fell during the month of April, well below the average of 54mm.

"To have two consecutive months of below average rainfall is quite serious," he said.

"It gives you an indication of just how the weather is turning."

Mr Bultitude said rainfall had been inconsistent throughout the Valley.

"It's tragic really because some areas have got some rain ? like up in the Upper Clarence areas up near The Gorge they've had good rain ? but (in others) it's been very patchy," he said.

He said while the May figures were low, they were better than last year when only 3.75mm fell in Grafton.

In terms of the coming month, Mr Bultitude said historically June was not that much wetter than May.



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