Is this an official drought?

We’re back on the farm. Last week when Doc rang the farm manager about coming down, he said they were feeding sheep – they were in drought.

I was gobsmacked (I love that word). I didn’t think there was any part of NSW that wasn’t now flooded, and in Wollongong I almost can’t remember the last hot, dry day. We might have had the hottest January on record, but I’ll bet we also had the wettest February.

So here are the photos, you judge for yourself whether you think there might be a drought.

This is the Burrinjuck Dam, on the Murrumbidgee River. If you look at the dead tree on the right of the photo you will see these two photos were taken from the same place. Hard to believe, I know, but true.

The Burrinjuck August 2012 - 100% full

The Burrinjuck August 2012


The Burrinjuck March 2013 - almost empty

The Burrinjuck March 2013


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