Hobart’s driest year ever

Hobart, the capitol city of Australia’s island state, Tasmania, has experienced its driest year on record.

The city’s total rainfall for 2006 was just 343mm, well below the long-term annual average of 619mm, Weatherzone meteorologist Matt Pearce said.

This made it driest year on record, with significantly less rain than in the previous driest year, 1979, when 390mm fell.

“The very dry conditions can be largely put down to the El Nino pattern which was in place during the second half of 2006,” Mr Pearce said.