Bright and Porepunkah have just experienced the driest May on record, according to my own observations and information that I’ve been able to uncover from the Weather Bureau.
I recorded 9mm for the month at Porepunkah, which seems to tally with the Bureau’s figure for Bright. The historical long-term average for Bright is 108mm and the lowest previously recorded was 12mm.
My data suggests that May was also colder than average. This is not surprising for minimum temperatures, given the clear skies at night.
I recorded an average minimum of 2.4 degrees and an average maximum of 15.3, compared with long-term averages for Bright of 3.9 and 16.5 respectively.
The highest maximum was 19.1 on May 5 and the lowest was 10.6 on May 26, reflecting a temperate month.
The lowest minimum for the month was minus 1.8 on May 30 and the mildest was 10.6 on May 1.
May 2005 observations