Our climate is one to be respected.
From the 1960's to the present day weather patterns have changed in this area. Many of the older locals tell us that forty years ago all of the creeks in this area ran for twelve months of the year. Today the creeks are dry and only run for a short period after good rain.
Climate change is a worry but we can see by the early records there were some problem years for the early settlers as well.
A rainfall of about 500mm per year and life here can be good, expecially if it falls at the right times of the year. Some rain in the autumn to help farmers with their cropping programs and to keep soil moisture up, spring rains to help get the gardens going and summer rains to keep the dams and tanks topped up would suit us fine. Unfortunately it does not always work out that way.
Summer temperatures can reach as high as 47°C which can be trying for flora and fauna alike. Fortunately we do not get many really hot days together but a week or so of days in the mid thirties to low forties can be difficult.
Winter temperatures do not go to any extreme. Minus 4°C is a cold morning for us and can interfere with the flowering of the fruit trees and grape vines if they arrive in the early spring. We do appreciate the frosts though as we need the chill hours for the fruit trees and a frost usually means a sunny day which is welcomed by the solar panels that provide our electricity.