'Onion-cuttin' weather prediction' has rain on radar
ACCORDING to Hally and his onion, drought relieving rain is coming.
Halwyn Herrmann hasn't got his forecast wrong in the 60 years he has followed the German onion tradition and now he's predicting some decent rain next month will be a welcome relief for landholders.
"I'm predicting rain for October, there is a good chance we are going to get some," he said.
"It will be good if we got a couple of inches, I am looking forward to it. It's possible because there are 31 days in the month, an extra day.
"It is very dry at the moment but that is very wide spread, it is right across southeast Queensland. I have about an 80% accuracy record."
'Hally's onion-cuttin' weather prediction' takes place at midnight on New Year's Eve every year and the results are checked at 4.30am on January 1.
"You peel the onion and cut it in half. Half falls to the left and the other half to the right. The left side is first and you take off six rings which are for January to June, then the other half goes from July to December," he said. "Then you put your salt in the ring and leave it until 4.30 the next morning. It makes water from the salt and you just measure by eye - you guess how much is in there and the more water there is, the more rain for that month."
Hally said an ordinary brown or white onion would do.
Hally said his 18-year-old grandson Luke would learn the onion weather ropes this year.
"I'll do it again on New Years Eve this year and my grandson is going to do it, I will be teaching him," he said.
"He said 'Grandad I went to learn and maybe in 60 years I'll be in the news too'."
On New Years Eve Hally predicted 'some rain' in July and August, 'rain' in September, 'heavy rain' in October, 'rain' in November and 'good rain' in December.
Prenzlau dairy farmer Jack Stunhke taught Hally the age-old tradition on New Years Eve in 1958.
"I was 17 when I learnt. I've done it every year. I don't know where he got it from but it's a German tradition and I'd say it would over 100 years old," Hally said.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster expect spring will be dry and hot.
September and October are likely to be drier than average broadly across most of the country.
Models show there is up to a 75% chance higher than median maximum temperatures in southeast Queensland between now and November.
Temperatures on Saturday will peak at 29C, close to 4C above average, cooling off slightly to 28C on Sunday. Sunny conditions are expected on both days overnight minimums between 9C and 13C.