Bit balmy in your part mate . Although today has been probably the best weed pulling opportunity we've had in a while, although it seems that the lower levels of soil are still quite dry.Finally passed 0.5 mm here; maximum temperature was grossly over-forecast, only reaching 13.6° C today.
Got to remember the ground is hydrophobic, it’s actually repelling the initial rainfalls and going straight into dams and water ways. The following falls started to absorb yesterday we have recorded 103mm in two days of falls, dam is full and today I can see grass starting to grow. Thank goodness for small blessings!The next week is only 60-100mm, enough to wet the top 50cm of soil, it’ll barely make it into creeks. It’d only take a couple of weeks of heat to dry out again. Need upwards of 400mm (at a guess) before the ground is saturated and we get proper catchment topping up.
You'd be saying the opposite come winter, however.
Summer = dry season for VIC and Southern NSW; winter = wet season.
The thunderstorm outlook is looking good tomorrow afternoon:
EDIT: a chain of lightning-active storms extends from West Gippsland North through Central Victoria and NSW to Bourke.
Where in Northern VIC?Having lived in northern Victoria for the first 30 years of my life before moving up to Brisbane, I can tell you with certainty the rainfall intensity there, even in winter, doesn't even begin to come close to the sort of rain you get up here (rate and totals).
All of this topsoil going out to sea makes me think this drought will take a while to recover from. This is about the 10th time I've seen a dust storm in the past year.