As a crippling drought grips the eastern states of Australia, Perth has experienced its wettest winter in years — recording its highest August rainfall in more than five decades.
“We were experiencing one of the driest autumns on record, said The Bureau of Meteorology’s Neil Bennett, “but then we started to see the fronts arriving and they continued to arrive, almost really from the 1st of June.
“And we saw the cold fronts arrive with almost monotonous regularity, coming one after the other with very short breaks in between them,” Bennett added.
The total rainfall for August so far is more than 50mm above the 122.1mm average.
The season as a whole however is a far cry from the wettest winter on record, set when 957.1mm of rain fell in 1945 — during solar minimum of cycle 17.