When is it going to rain? You guess

Guess when the first rains in October will arrive and win a rain gauge – free.

Thanks to support of former volunteer weather recorder Jim Mathieson, we have started up the contest to guess when the first rains will arrive after October 1.

Mr Mathieson said the preoccupation with the buildup and arrival of the first rains is always a popular topic of public debate.

So, starting today, make your prediction.

First prize.

First prize.

When will the first rain after (and including) October 1 arrive, and for added fun, how much and it has to be 10mm or more?

First prize is a brand, spanking new rain gauge.

Last prize, the person missing by the most, wins the Editor’s old, much loved, but much yellowed, gauge.

To help you, Mr Mathieson has provided the last 16 years of the first rain after October 1, recorded at the Katherine Country Club’s weather station.

  • 20/11/2016      18.6 mm
  • 04/11/2015      20mm
  • 06/11/2014      20mm
  • 15/10/2013      13mm
  • 06/11/2012      10.8mm
  • 13/10/2011      (20mm)
  • 13/10/2010      29mm
  • 12/12/2009      14.8mm
  • 15/11/2008      17.4mm
  • 31/10/2007      15.4mm
  • 18/11/2006      15mm
  • 10/10/2005      19.4mm
  • 08/11/2004      43mm
  • 11/11/2003      30.6mm
  • 06/11/2002      18.2mm
  • 12/10/2001      45.8mm
  • 19/10/2000      (89mm)

So have a go, first rain above 10mm after October 1, the date and how much?

Send your entries to gemma.obrien@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Booby prize, the Editor's old gauge.

Booby prize, the Editor's old gauge.

Snail mail to Katherine Times, PO Box 42, Katherine 0850

Facebook message us at Katherine Times,

Or just drop it in to our Katherine Terrace office, opposite the post office.

Best of luck.

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