Spring 2008 was the seventh wettest

Weather log spring 2008

There were about six cycles of low and high temperature during spring. The third week of October was particularly cool, with dry air. By contrast, days and nights were more than seven degrees warmer by the end of the month.
There were 27 rain days, eight more than usual. Although the total rainfall (295 mm) was extremely high, the highest daily fall was only 52 mm. There were only two mild frosts early in the season.


The mean temperature was normal for spring. Rather cool days and rather warm nights combined to make the daily temperature range (14.4°) the narrowest for the decade, well below the average of 15.9°.(Note added. The mean daily temperature range for spring 2010 was far narrower: 12.9°.)
This spring was rather more humid, and had rather more cloud than usual.
This was the seventh wettest spring in the 126-year record, equal with 1973. Wetter springs occurred only in two clusters. The first cluster was 1916 (326 mm) and 1917 (327 mm); the second was 1949 (330 mm), 1950 (379 mm), 1954 (319 mm) and 1955 (321 mm). (Note added. Spring 2011 was very much wetter, with a record spring rainfall of 431.7 mm.)

Climate spring 2008

Data. Rainfall data is from Manilla Post Office, courtesy of Phil Pinch. Dew Point values before August 2005 are from Tamworth Airport 6 am data supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology. Temperatures, including subsoil at 750 mm, and other data are from 3 Monash Street, Manilla.

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