A visit to Kelso on Saturday gave me a chance to see Ross Dam, nearly full again after dropping steadily from this time last year until the last week of January. The sign said it was at 85% but the number doesn’t have the same emotional impact as the view from the dam wall.
It’s raining as I write, and the BOM is forecasting more rain in coming days – up to and including a possible cyclone – so it’s quite likely the dam will fill before the Wet season ends in about a month.
What we’ve had so far this year, according to the BoM, is about 600 mm since the last week of January.
What we would like, of course, is just enough rain, nicely spread out through the month. What we will get is, as always, unpredictable.
We’re officially in Winter now and I reckon we moved definitively into the Dry season a fortnight ago, so it’s worth looking back at the Wet and seeing what’s likely to happen to our water supply in the Dry.
Wet season rainfall and the year to come
BoM climate data reveals that our rainfall so far this year, Jan – Feb – Mar – April – May, was 118 – 285 – 343 – 10 – 2 mm, for a total of 760 mm.