A winter drought in New Zealand is not so obvious as it is in Australia. However, I have noted that here where I live n Wellington we have never really recovered from previous droughts.
This is confirmed by the fact that people in Ohariu Valley, near Wellington are having to get in water trucks in early-winter. I have also received a comment that the water table is worryingly low in Nelson.
You’d be lucky to find any official conformation of this – but anecdote in this is invaluable.
Wet to dry in 12 months: After record June rain last year, worried farmers look to skies for more
PHOTO: Farmers in parts of NSW are hoping for more rain after a dry June. (ABC Central West: Melanie Pearce)
More rainfall urgently neededOfficial figures from the Bureau of Meteorology included 219mm for the Orange Agricultural Institute, which was its highest-ever June rainfall in more than 50 years of weather records for the site.
A lot of nervous growers
"Definitely a few nerves. If we don't see a fairly decent rainfall event in the near future things will definitely change," he said.
No wet sheep this year
"No dramas with wet sheep, it's fantastic. [We had] 163mm last year compared to five this year, so it's a big difference," Mr Matthews said.This year Mr Rogan is having to water his 10,000 potted plants every few days, and he said he was looking for some rain to fall to encourage gardeners to get out into their gardens.
A dry July?
"The winter is not a wet season for Australia. So still conditions are going to be dry at this stage," Mr Babakhan said.