By JOHN DOOLEY
After enduring back to back drought in the Millewa and a patchy season in the Mallee last season, grain growers across the region are celebrating the massive turnaround in conditions.
The rain just keeps coming, with Trentham Cliffs grower and Mallee Sustainable Farming executive chair, Daniel Link-later reporting that his property has received an impressive amount of rain this season.
“We’ve now had between 145 and 162mm across the gauges for the year so far and close to another 8mm fell on Tuesday night,” he said. “We’ve had around 20mm in September which is below average but welcome and 35mm for August.
“So, after a dreadfully dry May, June and July, the recent falls have really got the crops cracking!
“Areas west of Mildura have enjoyed even higher totals, with farms that have had well over 200mm.”
The Bureau of Meteorology has declared that La Niña has developed in the Pacific Ocean, upgrading from a La Niña ‘alert’ status to an ‘active’ event.
This means that recent changes in ocean temperatures and weather patterns over the Pacific are now likely to remain until at least the end of the year.
La Niña is the cool phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation. It is associated with cooler than average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. La Niña events often form in autumn or winter, then decay in late summer.
The greatest impact normally occurs in spring and early summer.
The last La Niña event occurred from 2010-2012 and resulted in one of Australia’s wettest two-year periods on record. Widespread flooding occurred in many parts of Australia, including Sunraysia, and it was associated with the record rainfall figures.