TO ALL those weather pessimists who thought this has been the wettest August since colour replaced black and white on your television screens, you were right.
More rain has fallen in Launceston in the first 17 days of the month than in August 2005 when 183.6millimetres made it the wettest August since Ti Tree Band records began in 1980.
And to heighten your feelings of being hard done by, the Northern capital has recorded rain on 17 of the month's 19 days so far - only August 5 and 7 remain rain free.
August 14 was Launceston's wettest day so far this year, with 52.2 millimetres recorded.
Wind has also been a feature of the August weather, with gusts on all but five days peaking at between 40km/h and 80km/h.
The wild weather has caused major disruption of electricity supplies, especially in the North, North-East and North-West of the state.
A spokesman for Aurora Energy said that crews had worked long hours in difficult conditions through Sunday night and were relieved by about 20 crews at first light yesterday.
"The main brunt of weather- related outages are still being felt around the Pipers River area, where 500 customers lost power about 6am [yesterday] and are likely to be off for an extended period," the spokesman said.
"We lost a 200-metre span of wire between poles on either side of Pipers River, which has been in flood, and the soggy state of the ground makes it very difficult to restore power quickly."
The spokesman said that a helicopter crew was on stand-by and was expected to attempt a restoration of supply from about 8am today.
"Almost 3000 Trevallyn and Riverside customers lost power about 9pm Sunday and this was restored after midnight, but there are some continuing issues in Gorge Road, Trevallyn," he said.
"There were also issues in parts of Kings Meadows, Youngtown, Newstead and Glen Dhu, with some customers experiencing low power and outages, probably caused by a lightening strike."
About 1800 customers in the area around Wynyard and Boat Harbour lost power for about three hours on Sunday morning and again about 3pm yesterday, but the spokesman said he was optimistic power would be restored quickly.