Spring may have arrived, but the Bega Valley is still awaiting the rains that should be coming with it.
September has seen the measly total of just 1.4mm of rain fall on Bega in the first two weeks of the season and not much worth celebrating on the horizon.
According to Weatherzone, we could be heading towards the driest September in 21 years of records. In 1995 there was just 6.2mm for the entire month as the driest recorded.
At the other end of the scale, 2013 saw 107.4mm fall in the month.
The forecast for coming days, does mention possible showers on Monday and Tuesday, September 16-17, but for only a predicted 1-5mm each day.
As of September 13, 332.4mm of rain has fallen on the Bega weather station 152.4mm less than the January-September 23-year average according to Weatherzone.
South East Local Land Services said this week farmers in the district are facing tough decisions due to the long dry spell, including whether to further invest in feed, or destock.
Photos sent in by Toni Ward, who has land near Candelo where they farm sheep, show just how barren the normally lush Bega Valley landscape is.
She said they are managing, at some expense, to keep their animals in good condition "but a drop or two of rain would be very, very welcome".
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