DRY PATCH: This is as dry as Colin Stracey has seen his Alton Downs property in the 79 years he’s lived there.
DRY PATCH: This is as dry as Colin Stracey has seen his Alton Downs property in the 79 years he’s lived there. Chris Ison

On our way to the driest year on record

COLIN Stracey, 79, has lived at Alton Downs all his life - but never has he seen it so dry.

Colin, who lives with his twin brother north of Rockhampton, yesterday said he hadn't seen much more than a drop of rain since April.

The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday said Rockhampton was on track to record its driest year in history.

The last time more than 10mm of rain was recorded in Rockhampton was on April 5 when 26.6mm dropped on the city.

The driest year on record was 2002 when only 360mm of rain fell on Rockhampton.

So far this year the bureau has recorded 335.8mm rainfall for the city.

Colin lives on about 121 hectares on Nine Mile Road and said his property had never been so dry.

“This is the driest it's been for a long time.

“We used to get a bit of winter rain but we didn't get any this year.

“I don't think it's been any drier.”

Colin said more than just a few showers of rain was needed.

“One day of rain is not going to do any good.

“You want four or five inches of steady rain to start things off. Ten days on you want another couple of inches.”

The average annual rainfall for Rockhampton is 796.2mm.

A spokesman for the Bureau said the dry winter weather was caused by a lack of south-westerly winds, which usually brought showers up from the south.

The driest October on record for Rockhampton was in 1977 when only 0.4mm fell on the city.

So far this month not a drop of rain has fallen in Rockhampton.

Last month equalled the driest September in Rockhampton's recorded history with not a drop of rain recorded.

In July and August only 0.2mm was recorded each month.

The bureau is forecasting some wet weather later this week.

There is expected to be isolated showers today and more wet weather tomorrow.



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