Australia Experiences Driest September Ever: Meteorology Bureau Reports Alarming Rainfall Reduction

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In an alarming revelation, the Bureau of Meteorology reports Australia has witnessed its driest September in recorded history. The September rainfall plummeted a staggering 70.8% below the average calculated between the years 1961 to 1990, making it the driest since the turn of the 20th century.

A concerning majority of the southern two-thirds of the country experienced below-average rainfall this September. Consequently, regions of rainfall deficiency are now manifest in all states and territories. The most severe shortages are evident in substantial areas of southwestern Western Australia and the southeastern of Australia.

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The Bureau further noted a significant dip in September soil moisture, falling into the lowest 30% bracket of all recorded years since 1911. For Victoria, rainfalls were at their lowest since observations began, with a 67.1% below-average statewide rainfall. However, New South Wales fell slightly behind Victoria with its second driest September, reaching 82.6% below the average. South Australia reported its seventh driest September in the records.

Meanwhile, only a minuscule portion of the country experienced above-average rainfalls this September. This included parts of Queensland’s Eastern Cape York Peninsula and the far northeastern corner of Australia’s Northern Territory.

The Bureau’s long-range forecast released this Thursday paints an even grimmer picture, predicting that the drought situation will escalate as summer approaches. Between November and January, much of Australia is likely to experience less than median rainfall. However, there are glimmers of hope with minor regions of New South Wales and southern Queensland having a 60-80% probability of above-median rainfall.

Despite the grim forecast, the Bureau gives hope for some reprieve in the form of significant rainfall predicted for eastern Victoria and southeastern New South Wales in the first week of October, likely easing localized rainfall and soil moisture deficiencies.