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TAS Country : November 4th 2010
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, November 5, 2010 News Life's a breeze PASSIONATE: Miller Benjamin Paulsen with some white flour. Pictures: ROSS MARSDEN Rain chooses right time to come down KAROLIN MacGREGOR RAIN across most of Tasmania in the past week was ideally timed for many farmers. Wet winter conditions in many parts had dried out considerably during early October and some producers had been forced to start irrigating crop and pastures. However, an intense low-pressure system that moved down over the state last weekend provided a much-needed soaking in many areas. In the North-West falls of 71mm were recorded at Barrington, 87mm at Quamby Bluff and 54mm at Wynyard. However, the rain did not persist for as long in the Midlands region, where 27mm was recorded at Ross, 24mm at Fosterville and 28mm at Tunbridge. Conditions in southern areas remained dry after just 8mm was recorded at Bagdad, 13mm at Hobart, 15mm at Levendale and 13mm at Melton Mowbray. On the East Coast, Orford had 20mm, St Helens recorded 33mm and Avoca had 8mm. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association vegetable council chairman Andrew Craigie said while conditions in the South were not ideal after little winter and spring rainfall, last weekend's falls were a welcome boost to northern cropping farmers. Mr Craigie said about 40mm had fallen in the Sassafras and Latrobe area. ''It's in the middle of planting, but it's almost off the shoulder, so I think most people would be pretty happy about it,'' Mr Craigie said. ''The season is looking pretty good at the moment.'' He said dry conditions while paddocks were being prepared had created some challenges, but now most crops were in the ground and last weekend's soaking would be a boost for many. ''Anyone who is still planting in low-lying areas might not have been too happy, but overall I don't think too many people will be complaining,'' Mr Craigie said. Despite the last-minute drenching, the Weather Bureau says Tasmania's weather during most of October was fairly uneventful. A low-pressure system pushing freezing air over the state from Antarctica produced the state's most significant snowfall event on October 15-16, when snow fell to 200m above sea level in the South. Despite this chilly period, temperatures across the state remained slightly above average throughout the month and rainfall in most areas was about normal. The state warmest temperature for the month was 27.2C, which was recorded at Scotts Peak Dam and the Strahan Aerodrome on October 22 and again at Scotts Peak Dam on October 29. Liawenee once again proved to be the state's coldest place after recording the lowest temperature for the month of -7.4C on October 24. Fingal was the state' driest place with just 27.2mm for the month, and Cape Grim recorded the highest wind gust of 137km/h on October 31.
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