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The Mid-North Coast and Northern Rivers of NSW has experienced its driest January ever.

Ballina, Byron Bay, Casino, Coffs Harbour, Coraki, Grafton, Evans Head, Kyogle, Lismore, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah Nymboida, Tweed Heads and Yamba have all recorded their driest January on record, with many of these towns receiving under 5% of their average monthly rainfall. Many of these records have stood for over 80 years.

Driest January ever since records began for MNC and Northern Rivers

(using combined official sites for all years of record)

> Ballina 2.4mm – previous record 16.0mm in 1932
> Byron Bay 3.0mm – previous record 18.0mm in 1897
> Casino 1.0mm – previous record 4.9mm in 1884
> Coffs Harbour 0.8mm – previous record 11.8mm in 1994
> Evans Head 3.0mm – previous record 13.0mm in 2007
> Grafton 2.4mm – previous record 5.3mm in 1966
> Lismore 3.2mm – previous record 12.3mm in 1888
> Kyogle 0.0mm* – previous record 21.9mm in 1966
> Murwillumbah 4.0mm – previous record 11.6mm in 2013
> Mullumbimby 4.8mm – previous record 24.4mm in 1932
> Nymboida 18.8mm – previous record 21.6mm in 1966
> Tabulam (Muirne) 0.6mm – previous record 7.8mm in 2002
> Tweed Heads 8.8mm – previous record 16.4mm in 1966
> Urbenville 0.0mm – previous record 13.2mm in 1966
> Yamba 2.0mm – previous record 13.1mm in 1966

*Awaiting complete monthly data from BoM.
Noting official rainfall measurements are recorded for the 24 hours to 9am each day.

Last week we wrote about both the record consecutive days without any rainfall record, as well as record summer dry spell where less than 10mm of rainfall was recorded. This run of 0mm rain was broken at many locations as storms moved over the area late on last Wednesday evening, though some locations are still on 0 for the month!

Many areas are now also in record territory for the driest summer period (DEC/JAN/FEB) on record.

From the ABC MNC Facebook site – Thursday 31 January 2019.Comments

See: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=abc%20mid%20north%20coast&epa

Most of the weather models are suggesting some respite for the coast over the coming days with light showers forecast to affect northern NSW coastal areas. The monsoon has been especially active over the far northern Queensland coast over the past few days and there is a chance that this activity could be dragged south (see last image). This could produce more widespread, significant falls late next week but this is still a long way out. More to come on this…1Irene LawrenceLikeCommentShare

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