April warmer and wetter than norm
IT was our warmest April in three years and ironically given the brown landscape and local dust levels our wettest April in more than adecade.
Weatherzone meteorologist Sam Terry said 74mm was measured last month, the highest rainfall total for April in 15 years.
But he said the figure was an accurate, if quirky, aspect of rainfall record-keeping.
“The higher-than-average rainfall total for April was really a result of a wet April 1; the leftovers of a big low-pressure system that came through at the end of March,” Mr Terry said.
“Aside from heavy falls on the first day of the month the Southern Downs measured just 15mm for April.”
Yet it was a warmer four weeks thanks to a high in the Tasman Sea, which warded off any cool changes.
“Warwick had an average minimum of 12 degrees for April, one degree warmer on average than usual,” Mr Terry said.
“It doesn’t sound like much, but when you consider the entire month’s minimums were higher, it’s relatively significant.”
For Warwick cab driver Brendan Holland the wet, warm change matter little as he was safely ensconced in his new job.
“I spent 32 years working for Australia Post, many of those on a pushbike, then a motorbike, so I know what it is like to be exposed to the elements,” Mr Holland said yesterday.
“I started driving cabs in April, so it’s been a good month.”
After years being climatically exposed he now takes the early morning fog and cool starts in his stride.
“As cabbies we are out in all weather, but not quite the same way I was as a postie.”
A big change from the days he pedalled “22 miles in three hours” to ward offwinter.
Needless to say the taxi-driving local wasn’t perturbed by cold weather forecasts.
“There is a significant cold front which should startaffecting the Southern Downs and Granite Belt overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning,” Mr Terry said.
“There will be isolated showers and thunderstorms, followed by cool nights and some frosts.”
Meanwhile, the longer-term seasonal outlook was for dry conditions with our corner of the world still very much in the clutches of an El Nino pattern.
“We are probably heading towards a more neutral phase of El Nino, with the chance of average rainfall in the early winter period,” Mr Terry said.
Hardly heartening news for local landholders still battling dry conditions.
Primary Industries, Fisheries, Rural and Regional Queensland Minister Tim Mulherin is yet to announce the Southern Downs’ drought status.
April rainfall 74mm – average 25.9mm
Minimum temps up 1 degree on average to 12 degrees
Immediate outlook isolated showers