Rain dries up in February

By ANGELA CARROLL

GRAFTON'S rainfall for the month of February was down 81mm on the month's 10-year average, with only 59.5mm recorded.

It was the third lowest February recording in 10 years, with 49.75mm falling in 1996, and 48mm in 2000.

Grafton's resident weatherman, and ABC North Coast Radio weather supplier, Reg Bultitude, said the 2005 February figure was about half of what the average should be.

"The average is calculated over the last 10 years, so this year's average is from 1995 to 2005, while last year's was from 1994 to 2004." he said.

"The average should be around 140mm, so it is roughly about half.".

This year's February figure was also down on last year's with 117.25mm recorded in 2004.

The lowest February reading was in 1912 and 1926 when 4mm fell, according to reports published in The Daily Examiner.

The highest rainfall for the month of February in the past 10 years was in 2003 when 306mm was recorded.

The past 10 years' February readings were: 1995 ? 248mm; 1996 ? 49.75mm; 1997 ? 234.5mm; 1998 ? 146mm; 1999 ? 147mm; 2000 ? 48mm; 2001 ? 203mm; 2002 ?90mm; 2003 ? 306mm; 2004 ? 117.25mm; 2005 ? 59.5mm.



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