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Record rainfall in August!

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It’s the highest August rainfall John Williams has seen in 35 years! Retired accountant, John, said he has always been a record-keeper, and has recorded the rainfall at his property on Bindoon-Moora Rd every day since 1984. He has been unusually busy the last month – tipping out a total of 180.4 mm for the month, over 18 rain days. The total is up 75mm from last August’s total of 104.6, and the average August rainfall of the past 35 years of 93.3mm. John is quick to point out high rainfall is not always an indicator of the best season for farmers. “Sometimes the rain falls at the wrong time of the year – some years with a high summer rainfall have been disastrous for farmers.”

However, this year is looking good and farmers across the region are enjoying massive crops and lush green feed. Let’s hope the rain gently eases soon as we welcome Spring!
John, a former shearer, was bursar at Keamy College (now Edmund Rice) for 20 years and has acted as treasurer for many community groups including the Bindoon Show, Bindoon Men’s Shed and Bindoon Volunteer Fire Brigade. John keeps a flock of Wiltshire sheep at his property, who are now busy keeping the grass down.

We are extremely grateful to have John’s records in the NVN, as well as those from our Moora contributor Lyn Hamilton.