More Rain today, 19 March 2017

And more rain is forecast for the following week.  So it’ll just continue like this. At least it is not very cold. We live like in a rain forest. Things are growing quickly in this rain. I just noticed an article about the floods in other parts of NSW. So we are here comparatively well off still. We have not been flooded yet! Not far from us there have been some minor floods and road closures during a downpour last Thursday. Right now it seems to be much worse further north.

The Current Sydney Weather Forecast Will Make Every Melburnian Laugh

Just wait till you read the stats on Sydney versus Melbourne rainfall.

16/03/2017 2:19 PM AEDT | Updated 23 hours ago

Ah, sunny Sydney.

Forecasts from earlier this week for extreme weather in Sydney turned into a great big fizzer. But Sydney’s weather has been notable this month for reasons other than severe storms. In short, the rain has been relentless.

While Sydney has copped the occasional heavy downpour, the real story is how frequent the rain has been. Every day bar three in March 2017, Sydney has been wet. That’s right, it has rained on 14 of 17 March days to date, for a total in excess of 200mm across virtually all suburbs.

The next seven days? More rain is forecast. With some light and heavy showers thrown in. And maybe a little drizzle, just to mix things up a little.

This is not Melbourne. Therefore it has inferior coffee and weather.

Meanwhile in Melbourne, rain has been recorded on just three days in March. On two of those days, the city received just 0.2 mm, which is barely enough to wet the roads. In total, Melbourne has had 2.2 mm in March so far. Little more is forecast for the week ahead.

Melbourne is headed for sun and top temps in the low 30s this weekend, while Sydney is going to be wet, again, with the likelihood of at least another 50mm of rain.

In a moment, we’ll tell you about the weather pattern in place right now, which typically brings dry weather to Melbourne and rain to Sydney. But first, some weather stats. These might surprise you.


Amazing stuff, huh? It’s true. Sydney really is wetter than Melbourne by almost any measure.

interestingly, despite Melbourne’s reputation as the wet city, both cities have exactly 100 rain days on average each year. In Melbourne a sunny day can turn showery at barely a moment’s notice, but rain totals are typically not huge.

In Sydney, when the rain comes, it comes hard — and often sticks around for weeks. The weekend weather map shows why.


If you can’t read a weather map, you really just need to know that air flows anti-clockwise around a high pressure system (see the big H parked near New Zealand?).

So Sydney is being drenched by a regular flow of onshore winds bringing moist air from the Coral Sea. Persistent easterly winds almost always bring steady rain to Sydney. But the rain doesn’t travel far inland.

When it’s been raining so much, there’s waterfalls on the motorway! @SkyWeatherAUS

Meanwhile, it appears that the Bureau of Meteorology has a dry sense of humour. On March 22 — which is the fifth of seven consecutive wet days on the current Bureau prognosis — the Sydney forecast says “showers increasing”.

We’re honestly not sure how much more the showers could increase.


One thought on “More Rain today, 19 March 2017

  1. Here is what the Huffington Post wrote on Thursday, 16th of March:

    It says: “The Illawarra has been belted with the most intense rain in the country today. An observation station at Macquarie Pass recorded 207mm of rain in 24 hours. Macquarie Pass is the main pathway into the region from the Southern Highlands area . . .
    Elsewhere in the region, Port Kembla got 103mm, Dapto 135mm, and Kiama 147mm. The flooding saw students trapped inside schools, creeks and rivers swollen to bursting point, roads and entire neighbourhoods flooded, and suburbs cut off due to water over roads.”

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