If the month of June seemed wetter than usual, it’s because it was, according to Ian Moilliet.
His family has been keeping weather records at their Vavenby sheep ranch since 1913 and rainfall last month was definitely above average, he said.
The long-term average precipitation during June is about 80 mm, he said.
This year it was 112.4 mm, a 40 per cent increase.
Moilliet noted that rainfall last year in June was 90.4 mm, also above average. The rain continued on into July in 2011, with a total of 70.8 mm, about twice the long-term average of 35 mm.
Last year, after an unusually wet June and July, August and September were dry, he said.