Mild summer draws to close

We will remember the summer of 2020/2021 for the stormy skies and spectacular sunsets as well as the cooler and wetter than average conditions.
We will remember the summer of 2020/2021 for the stormy skies and spectacular sunsets as well as the cooler and wetter than average conditions.

It's remarkable to see green in the landscape in February in Forbes, and we can now crunch the data on a very different summer.

Forbes airport has only recorded one day over 40 degrees this summer, in a much wetter than average season.

A look at the Bureau of Meteorology records for December, January and March shows top temperatures of 35.1 for February, 39.7 for January.

On December 1 the temperature peaked at 43.1 - that was the only day over 40 degrees in the three-month period.

The monthly mean top temperature for December was 31.1 degrees, just below the airport average (back to 1995) of 31.9 degrees.

January's mean of 32.3 fell below the long-term average of 34.5. February figures hadn't appeared on the BOM site yet but Weatherzone calculated the 2021 average at 30.9, below the long-term average of 32.8.

We've already received 250mm - or 10 inches - of rain in the first two months of 2021, bringing our summer rainfall total to 277.8mm.

January (144mm) and February (106mm) both set new records for the Forbes airport weather station and were well above the mean rainfall of 33.3mm and 51.5mm respectively.

In the longer term, the Camp Street record stands at 230.6mm for January (1976) and 195.6mm for February (1959).