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2021 GSR & YTD Rainfall Summary for the Riverine Plains

Riverine Plains rainfall deciles and soil moisture probe readings 

There’s been some very significant rainfall totals across the Riverine Plains during November and early December, especially in the northern part of the region (the Henty Riverine Plains network weather station at the Field Day site recorded 212mm for November).

Growing season rainfall (GSR, April-October) for 10 sites across the Riverine Plains was generally average – slightly below average, with decile 3 rainfall at Euroa, Rutherglen and Lockhart at, decile 4 at Dookie, Albury, Corowa and Urana, decile 5 at Yarrawonga, while Cobram and Henty received decile 6 GSR.

Year to date (January – November) rainfall deciles ranged from 5 at Euroa to 9 at Henty and Cobram, with higher deciles in the northern part of the region.

Soil moisture probe readings showed the drying out of the profile during October, and the November rains have topped these up, but perhaps not as much as expected in some regions. As at 7 December, soil moisture probe readings showed the profile to be around 50 % full at Burramine, 65% full at Rand (site not flooded), around 60% full at Coreen and Culcairn, and 90% full at Rutherglen.

As of 7/12/21, the Agriculture Victoria Youanmite moisture probe was sitting at 65% full from 30-100cm. Dookie Land Management Group probes show 45, 62, 78 and 91 per cent full from 30-140cm.

NB Monthly rainfall sourced from a combination of Bureau of Meterology stations and Riverine Plains weather station network sites