The Warragul area received 100mm less rain last year.
While rainfall levels varied across the West Gippsland region, rainfall recorded at the Bureau of Meteorology station at Nilma North indicated total rainfall for 2018 dropped from 873mm in 2017 to 772.4mm.
The total rainfall for the year was well below the 115 year average of 1007.7mm. The last time total rainfall was close to the all years’ average was during a three-year period of more than 1000mm each year between 2010 and 2012.
December finished off last year with a below average start to summer with only 51.6mm of rain.
Rainfall for December was spread across 15 days but almost half of the month’s rainfall was recorded on December 2 when 22.6mm fell.
A further 15mm was recorded between December 13 to 17. During that period, when most of West Gippsland missed out on heavy rainfall, areas around Drouin and Garfield saw storms and flash flooding that produced 52mm within an hour on Thursday, December 13 and more heavy falls on December 22.