Australia has just had it's second-wettest winter on record, and while that has meant dreary days and even flooding for some, the added rainfall is a windfall for Western Australia and Bunbury.
The first eight months of this year have seen the most rain for Bunbury since 2000 according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), and there are plenty of reasons for Bunbury property owners and locals to celebrate.
August welcomed a full 155.2mm of rain into Bunbury – the most the town has seen in 10 years. That brings the year's total to 676mm, which is more than the entire 12 months for seven of the past 16 years.
So why is all this water such good news?
As any local knows, the upcoming months are often tough on the region with high temperatures, loads of sunshine hours and not much rain. For example, BoM data shows that from November through to March, Bunbury sees less than 25mm of rainfall each month on average, even dropping down into the single digits in February.
These warm temperatures and low rainfall can lead to struggling farmers and bush fires. In fact, the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2016 predicted a 'higher than average' chance for fires around Perth and Bunbury.
However, with added water in the ground, the bushfire season has already been predicted to be delayed in most regions according to the above report. On top of this, Australian farmers are looking at what should be the second-largest crop season in history. According to AgWeb, Western Australia may be looking at a wheat crop of 10.5million tonnes – a significantly higher figure than the 9.3million tonnes originally forecast back in June.
The benefits of rain don't stop there, either. Western Australia's famous wildflowers are also set for a bumper season, as they have already started blooming en masse in such numbers that it's apparently possible to see their colours from space. When WA Scientist of the Year Professor Kingsley Dixon talked to Radio 6PR, he said that it's been the "beautiful frequency" of the rains that have brought the flowers out in force to cover hundreds of square kilometres with blooms.
As much as it's hard to beat a wonderful sun-drenched day in Bunbury, there's also every reason to celebrate the normal kind of drenched day in the town as well. If you're lucky enough to be buying a Bunbury property, don't forget to check out those wildflowers as soon as you get the chance this year.