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    Wettest October since 1985
    Monday, 1 November 2004

    The Lower Hunter recorded its highest October rainfall since 1985. This was mostly due to the number of low pressure troughs that moved across the region. These trough lines resulted in heavy rain events (particularly between 18 to the 23rd) and a higher then normal thunderstorm activity. The Upper Hunter also received received above average rainfall but was not as significant as in the Lower Hunter. The wettest areas were around the Maitland, Dungog and Port Stephens areas. Many stations within these shires recorded rainfall totals greater then 150mm.

    The rainfall pattern in the Upper Hunter were more isolated and there were pockets of areas that either received below average or very much above average. This isolated and localised effect in the rainfall total was the result of the thunderstorm activity during the month.

    Rainfall totals for selected stations with a comparison to the highs, lows and means for the month of October.
    Station 2004 Lowest Highest Mean No. of Years
    Gosford 305* 14 305 88 17
    Nobbys Head 114 5 278 73 139
    Williamtown 190 1 238 74 59
    Paterson 181 0 319 72 100
    Upper Chichester 272* 16 272 75 24
    Carrowbrook 197 4 347 81 41
    Cessnock 114 1 188 58 39
    Singleton 72 0 157 61 89
    Murrurundi 88 0 240 74 132
    *Highest on record
    Units in millimetres (mm). Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology.

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