Armidale sees wettest spring on record

FLOODED IN: Flood waters rushing past a property outside of Armidale last month as the area continues to weather the wettest spring on record. Photo: Ellen Dunger.

FLOODED IN: Flood waters rushing past a property outside of Armidale last month as the area continues to weather the wettest spring on record. Photo: Ellen Dunger.

WET and muddy with no sign of drying.

The forecast remains steady as Armidale continues to slosh through its wettest spring on record.

Data from the Bureau of Meteorology shows that in August, Armidale weathered the highest rainfall average since recording began.

A record high 139.6mm of rain was recorded at the Armidale Airport throughout the month.

September is producing a similar pattern with around 70mm of rain already recorded.

Acting business manager from the NSW SES, Benjamin Pickup said the rainfall is predicted to stick around for at least the next month.

“We’ve had pretty much continuous minor to moderate flooding in the region.

“This includes localised flash flooding in Armidale.

“There is definitely some more wet weather on the way and it’s predicted to continue over the next month,” Mr Pickup said.

Mr Pickup said the flooding around Armidale occurs as a result of the catchments being full after the wet winter.

“The catchments are all filled up and once they’re saturated, that’s when the water starts running off.

“When flooding occurs it is important to not ride, play, drive or walk through flood water.

“It is also crucial for people to follow all road closure signs,” Mr Pickup said.

The rain is a welcome change for many farmers across the district who til recently were anxiously suffering through many years of severe drought. 

The wet weather is due to warmer than average sea surface temperatures surrounding most of the country, according to meteorologists. 

A recent report released by the Bureau of Meteorology stated that the recent weather is typical of a La Niña event with northern and eastern Australia experiencing above-average spring rainfall, with the first rains of the wet season typically arriving earlier than average in northern Australia.

Another reason for the increase in rainfall across the state is a surge in strength of the negative Indian Ocean Dipole.

However despite recent re-intensification, climate models continue to suggest the IOD will weaken in the coming months, returning to neutral values before the end of 2016.

Computer models are already indicating that another bout of rain will spread across all flood-affected states and territories in the middle of next week.

Armidale can expect a fine day on Saturday with mostly sunshine to kick-off the week, before showers set back in by Wednesday.

For up-to-date information on weather events visit the NSW SES website at www.ses.nsw.gov.au.

For safety information on floods visit the NSW SES Flood Safe website at www.floodsafe.com.au.

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