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We returned home today from our trip to Sydney and were met with scenes of devastation.

The combination of extremely high temperatures and a severe lack of summer rain has taken a massive toll on our vege plots and gardens, and across the property.

You will see in the pictures below that our gardens were devastated and we lost a number of plants.

We were away for about 10 days, and even though we got about 13 mm over that time, the temperatures over 40 and the lack of preceeding rain had left us in a bad position.

Smashed and dry Vege garden
Fried pumpkin vine
Fried and crispy Beans
Dead and dry Grevillea

We had received slightly above average rainfall in December.  We got 134 mm over the month, and our average is 120 mm(Median – 100.3 mm).

But running into January we received rainfall well below the average and suffered through some of the hottest temperatures on record for that month.  We got just 63 mm in January when our average is 129 mm(Median – 104.0)  That is only about 48% of the average rainfall for the month.

It was not till the end of February that we got some real rain.

Received Average Median
December 134.5 120 100.3
January 63.5 129 104.0
February 278.5 123 93.4

The table above does not look to bad, but the truth is we had not had a ‘big’ rain since the Cyclone Debbie aftermath in March and the poor rain in January really pushed us over the edge.

The images below are from the beginning and end of January 2018.  They illustrate keenly the effect of no Summer rain.

We know we are at the mercy of the Weather and Climate Change and are well aware of the work and effort involved in keeping everything alive and functioning.

But we are concerned that the effects of Climate Change are going to have a bigger and bigger impact on our weather and local climate.

Water security has just become an even bigger priority.