Northern Tasmania has experienced a much drier than usual winter this year but, down south it was a different story with Hobart experiencing above average rainfall.
Dry months in July and August have contributed to the below average rainfall figures experiences across much of the state. While a two day period of heavy rain in June lead to the above average readings for the South-East.
This year Launceston recorded its driest July on record. Tasmania also received less than one third of its typical August rainfall this year.
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Across winter the recording station at Launceston airport received 156mm of rain compared to the average of 198mm. The recording station at Ti Tree Bend recorded even lower levels with 136.6mm being collected compared to an average of 229.9mm.
The recording station at Hobart airport collected 184.2mm across winter compared to an average of 123.2mm.
Bureau of Meteorology climate researcher Dr Andrew Marshall this year was Tasmania’s driest August since 2014.
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He said the North and North-West experienced well below average rainfall but the experience was different across the state.
“Hobart airport had its highest total august rainfall since 1984 while rainfall over the central highlands was in the driest 10 per cent over the long term record,” Dr Marshall said.
Although this winter was drier than usual rainfall and temperature records were still broken.
Dr Marshall said kunanyi, Mount Wellington, experienced its wettest winter on record and Liawenee recorded the lowest temperature on record at -14.2 degrees.
This winter Launceston also experienced its most significant snowfall since 1921. With residents waking up to several centimetres of fresh snow in early August.
Dr Marshall said North-East Tasmania is expected to have a wetter than usual spring, with the South-West expected to be drier than usual.
He said average rainfall is expected across much of the rest of the state during spring months.
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