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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.