Record rains hit Orange, but sunshine on the way

BELOW PAR: Greenkeeper Mitch Williamson surveys the sodden situation at Wentworth Golf Club after record rains have deluged Orange for months. Photo: Jude Keogh

BELOW PAR: Greenkeeper Mitch Williamson surveys the sodden situation at Wentworth Golf Club after record rains have deluged Orange for months. Photo: Jude Keogh

Spare a thought for Wentworth Golf Club greenkeeper Mitch Williamson who has been battling this year’s record rains to get the course playable.

He’s one of the many effected as Orange has exceeded its average annual rainfall of 919mm a year – and we’ve still got three months to go.

Weather bureau senior climatologist, Agata Imielska, said on Thursday Orange has copped 1016mm this year at the Agricultural Institute weather station. The airport is not far behind at 976mm.

September has been seriously wet with 222.6mm, three times above average.

Ms Imielska said the big wet is due to a clash of water temperatures thousands of kilometres away in the Indian Ocean.

But don’t put the brolly away just yet as she is forecasting a wet spring.

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