Mild winter, happy farmers

These daffodils in Royal Park sit with rain drops on them as grey skies covered the city for the first day of spring yesterday. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

These daffodils in Royal Park sit with rain drops on them as grey skies covered the city for the first day of spring yesterday. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

A MILD winter and regular, if lower-than-average rainfall has set Northern farmers up for a good season, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief executive Jan Davis said.

Ms Davis said that the North had received reasonable rain with none of the really bad frosts experienced last year.

"Even though rainfall is down on what we'd normally expect, it's been well spread out and we haven't had a real dry-out period," she said.

"For the Northern part of the state, this coming spring is a good one and some crops are already in the ground."

Ms Davis's comments come as the weather bureau quarterly report confirmed Northern Tasmanians' belief that, with the exception of a week of wild weather in late July, winter was kind.

The weather bureau's Ian Barnes-Keoghan said that Launceston's mean winter daily temperature of 14.2 degrees was a full degree warmer than the average for the past 30 years.

"Day-time temperatures were also warmer than normal around the whole state — most places around the North were almost a degree warmer than normal, but there were some cold nights, especially in August," Mr Barnes-Keoghan said.

"Rainfall was generally below average, even though there was some pretty impressive rain from time to time."

"Launceston's winter rainfall was 206 millimetres against a long-term average of 233mm," he said.

"But its 22mm was the lowest August rainfall since 1982, when 15mm fell, and way below the long-term average of 88mm.

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