We had our first “dry southerly” today—a storm that is forecast to bring rain, but doesn’t. I fear it is a harbinger of the season to come.
Our rain comes primarily from southerly storms rolling in off the ocean. When the wind shifts to the south, we expect rain.
But during the summer, those southerly shifts often arrive without rain. The weatherman might forecast showers, but they never materialise.
A dry southerly at this time of year is not unheard of, but it’s not particularly common, either. With a dry year behind us, I worry about what an early dry southerly means for the spring and summer ahead.
A strong El Nino is predicted for this year. For us that means a parched summer. If we start off dry…well, there’s the grumpy farmer in me talking.
But I’m thankful to have the new water tank full. All I can do beyond that is mulch well, water while I can, and pray for rain.