Goulburn and neighbouring areas experienced dry winter for yet another year even as rainfall for most of the New South Wales (NSW) was below average.
"This winter is in the driest 10% of all winters that Goulburn area has seen since 1900," Simon Grangier, climatologist, Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), said.
"There is not much difference in the amount of rainfall which was received this year during the winter season and in the past two years during that time," he said.
The amount of rainfall received at Goulburn Airport this year is 85mm as compared to 48mm last year.
There was a slight decrease in the amount of rainfall Crookwell recorded at 164.6mm last year to 152.8mm this year.
Braidwood received a total of 66.6mm of rainfall this year as compared to 53.6mm last year.
The rainfall in these areas were recorded from the month of June until August.
There seems to be little improvement in the situation in the coming months with temperatures are expected to climb above average across the entire state this spring.
The BoM 2019 spring outlook, released on August 29, shows it is likely most of the country will experience a warmer and drier spring.
Head of long-range forecasting Doctor Andrew Watkins said it is unlikely for significant widespread rainfall during spring.
"Unfortunately, the outlook is not indicating an easing of conditions in drought areas," he said.
For beekeeper Gary Poile, it has been a difficult period and he is facing "tough decisions" after yet another dry winter in the area.
"We are getting very little pollen, honey and nectar from the native flora and fauna," the Collector producer said.
"The only thing that we are drawing on is canola crops in Cootamundra area and will be taking my bees there from the coast.
"We have faced three dry winters in a row which means that this winter may lead to non-existent spring.
"We normally go to the forest area in Batemans Bay as it is pretty reliable but it has become too dry. The trees look like they are in shock and have lost their leaves.
"With such dry conditions, there is a possibility of fire as well. To avoid the risk, we decided not to place our beehives in such places.
"We are facing some tough decisions in the bee keeping business."
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