East Lismore firewood seller Allan Virtue has experienced a quieter winter, with fewer people coming in to buy wood.
East Lismore firewood seller Allan Virtue has experienced a quieter winter, with fewer people coming in to buy wood. CATHY ADAMS

Wood sales fail to ignite

FIREWOOD suppliers across the region are praying for more cold weather as winter so far is proving too mild for people to light their fires.

Veteran firewood supplier Allan Virtue said sales were ‘way down' this year.

“It's just not been cold enough,” Mr Virtue said.

Mr Virtue, who has been selling firewood for 20 years, said sales usually picked up around mid-May.

“But not this year, it's been very quiet,” he said.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology the national outlook for temperatures during winter, June to August, is a moderate to strong tendency for warmer than normal daytime temperatures.

There is a 60 to 80 per cent chance of above average temperatures during winter across the Northern Rivers.

The average daytime temperature in Lismore during June is 21.7 degrees. This month maximum temperatures have ranged from 17.6 degrees, on Sunday, to 22.9.

The average overnight temperature in Lismore during June is 10.6 degrees.

This month minimum temperatures have ranged from 6.7 degrees, on Saturday, to 14 degrees.

The mild winter is being driven by warmer water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean as it builds towards La Nina conditions.

The bureau's predictions mean that for every 10 years with ocean patterns like they are currently, about six to eight winter periods would be expected to be warmer than average.

La Nina normally brings increased rainfall – the warm waters lead to higher levels of evaporation and subsequently more rain.

However, there are also warm waters in the Indian Ocean and when this happens the affect of high rainfall is counteracted in Northern NSW.

Therefore, the bureau is predicting the chances of exceeding the winter rainfal laverage in Northern NSW is 50 per cent.



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