Ron’s eyes on the sky

July 19, 2017

Weather eye: Ron Renfrew monitors daily rainfall at his home in Davey St, Cobram.

Cobram resident Ron Renfrew has been a keen weather watcher for more than 30 years.

The retiree and his wife Kath moved to the town from Clifton Springs near Geelong nine years ago to be closer to their family.

He said this year was looking drier than last year, with the possibility of drought ahead.

‘‘We’re probably down around 30mm overall for the year,’’ Mr Renfrew said.

‘‘This rain we’ve just had is the best since the middle of May, that was the last good rain we had,’’ he said.

‘‘We had 24mm in May and our annual total so far is 168.5mm. We’ve had 35.5mm this month so far.

Mr Renfrew said he had always been interested in watching the weather and keeping records, and had kept rain charts throughout his years in Cobram.

The weather enthusiast is also involved with Neighbourhood Watch, as well as being a keen Christmas lights fan.

And how important is the rainfall to the garden?

‘‘Oh, I leave that to Kath. That’s her department — I’m banned from the garden,’’ Mr Renfrew said.

- Grahame Whyte

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