Rain Drops.
Rain Drops. John Gass

Rainy winter forecast for Northern Rivers

IF YOU are sick of the rain, bad luck - there is still more to come as we head towards winter.

According to the Weatherzone, forecast models indicate higher than normal rainfall across eastern Australia through autumn and early winter. Moist easterly airflows and warmer than normal waters off the coast are expected to contribute to the predicted higher rainfall.

The number of East Coast low pressure systems increases during winter as cold fronts push further north and interact with the warm seas.

With warmer than average sea temperatures, more East Coast low pressure systems bringing rain are predicted.

And if you think the Northern Rivers has had a lot more rainy days this year than in 2012, you would be wrong.

But while the number of rainy days is about the same as last year, much more rain has fallen in some areas compared to 2012.

Ballina has copped the brunt of the rain so far this year, while Lismore, Byron Bay and Evans Head have received above average falls and Casino slightly less than average rainfall.

Ballina has been drenched so far in 2013, with 1098mm falling in 62 days until 9am yesterday, well above the yearly average of 777mm in 62 days.

At a glance

  • February was the wettest month so far this year across the region.
  • During February, Ballina received 437mm over 22 rainy days.
  • Lismore wasn't too far behind, copping 375mm in 23 days.
  • Byron Bay, Evans Head and Casino all recorded more than 200mm during February.
  • Despite being away from the coast, 905mm of rain had fallen at Lismore over 61 rainy days.
  • At Byron Bay, 815mm of rain fell over 65 rainy days, just pipped by Evans Head with 817mm.
  • In 52 rainy days at Casino, 587mm had fallen.


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