Wettest May on record ends a wet Autumn
Friday, 1 June 2001
May 2001 has ended as a very
wet month at many locations in the Hunter. Clarence Town, Dungog, Nobbys
Head, Norah Head and Williamtown all broke there highest monthly rainfall
totals for May. Clarence town recorded 428mm in the month (previous
record, 354), Dungog recorded 434mm (previous record, 290), Nobbys Head
recorded 441mm (previous record, 362), Norah Head 475mm (previous record,
332) and Williamtown 402mm (previous record, 340). These values made
the Lower Hunter the wettest place in the state for May.
can be seen, there is a strip along the NSW coast, extending from
the South Coast to the Mid North Coast with rainfall totals above
200mm. A dark blue area, which covers part of the Hunter, shows
totals between 300-400mm.
May also ended a very wet
autumn, with rainfall anomalies in a large area of north eastern NSW
in the +200 - 400mm range for the season. The Metropolitan, Hunter,
Mid North Coast and the Northern Rivers all recorded above average to
very much above average rainfall in Autumn as shown by Map 2. The largest
extant of heavy falls was recorded in the Hunter and the Mid North Coast,
making these two districts the wettest in all of New South Wales.
1. This map shows the rainfall anomalies for NSW.
2. As it can be seen, most of NE NSW had above average
rainfall for autumn.
3. This map shows the rainfall total for autumn. As shown,
a large area of the Hunter received between 600-800mm in the
For more information regarding
this event, go to the Bureau
of Meteorology Media Release for the 5 June, 2001.