Pools of water were an unexpected hazard during yesterday’s knockout schoolboy football match between Orara and Alstonville high schools.
Pools of water were an unexpected hazard during yesterday’s knockout schoolboy football match between Orara and Alstonville high schools. Trevor Veale

Raining more than cats and dogs

JULY has begun just as June ended – depressingly and miserably wet.

With its recurring torrential downpours and disaster-scale flooding, last month was the wettest start to a winter since 1967.

At the Coffs Harbour Bureau of Meteorology office 414mm of rain fell in June, just 55mm shy of the 469mm recorded for the year’s wettest month to date, April.

The big difference between the two months is that in June more than 80% of the rain fell in just six days, while April’s rain fell consistently over the month.

The weather Gods were kind, providing a dry respite between June 18 and 27 before the heavens opened again.

Coffs Harbour duty weather observer Andrew Winchester said some areas had more than four times their monthly average rainfall in June, with reports of totals exceeding 500mm at Crossmaglen, Chrystal Falls and Darkwood.