SPRING rainfall totals for some southern NSW towns have plummeted to levels worse than the height of the millenium drought in the early 2000s.
Bureau of Meteorology rainfall data has revealed a sorry state across the southern Riverina where zero water allocations are hitting hard with Finley's three-month spring total being 25.1 millimetres which is 11.3mm less than 2002 spring aggregate total.
Yarrawonga was comparatively parched with 53.2mm for September, October and November.
In the 2007 spring, Yarrawonga had 52mm after 66.4mm in 2006 and 58.6mm in 2002.
Culcairn had its lowest spring rainfall since 1936 when only 46.6mm fell.
The town's bowling club has been supplying rainfall data to the Bureau of Meteorology since 1912 and recorded 47.2mm this spring.
The lowest ever spring total recorded in Culcairn was 29.7mm in 1914 with this year's figure lower than the 2002 total of 56mm and the 60.22mm recorded in 2006.
The 58.8mm recorded at the Albury airport was the lowest spring aggregate since the weather station began in 1993.
Corowa was similar story with the 63.9mm recorded this year below the 2006 total of 64.4mm, but slightly better than 2002 when 59.2mm fell.
A weather station east of Holbrook recorded 55.2mm this spring which is the lowest total since 1982 when only 52mm fell.
Totals of 67.6mm and 75.2mm fell in 2002 and 2006 respectively.
South of the Murray River rainfall figures were slightly higher, but well down on long term averages.
Wangaratta'a 53.8mm was the lowest spring total since 21.1mm fell in 1982 and Corryong recorded 92.4mm with most recent driest spring being 2006 when 69.2mm fell in the Upper Murray.
Dartmouth in the Mitta Valley had 130.4mm which was also the lowest spring total since 2006.