Gympie's summer of wild weather extremes
A SUNBURNT Gympie region went from drought to flooding rains in January, ultimately giving us one of our wettest wet seasons in many years.
The Gympie region was almost another country for most of last month as we sweltered through one of our driest and hottest summers on record.
Water carriers struggled to meet demand and farmers fretted about stock and crops as a desiccated December led into a more desperate January.
Then came the rain and then the torrents as the Australia Day weekend turned the region into a disaster area.
One of our driest summers became one of our wettest.
A Bureau of Meteorology forecaster said the drought ended after January 23.
The last week of the month turned the averages around and ushered in one of our worst flood-disaster seasons in decades.
Then, according to Bureau of Meteorology figures yesterday, came the continuing disaster of flooded February.
A BOM forecaster yesterday provided the graphic statistical evidence of a season that went from one extreme to the other.
"December was very dry, with 21mm of rain, compared to an average of 137.9mm," he said.
"January saw only 4.4mm up to January 23, which was really our last dry day.
"The last week of January took rainfall to 431.4mm, compared to an average of 167mm.
"From December 1 to January 23 we had only 25.4mm, about 8% of average.
"For the rest of the summer, up to yesterday, we had 886.6mm, 437% of average."
The bureau is predicting damp conditions, growing more damp over the next few days, with possible thunderstorms.
Dec 21mm / av 137.9mm
Jan 431.4mm / av 165.9mm
Feb 459.6mm / av 167mm
Dry summer - 28.3% av
Wet summer - 437% av