It’s been a long time between drinks but this week, farmers in drought-affected regions, enjoyed the sweet, sweet smell of rain.
Starting on Wednesday rain fell across southern Queensland and almost all of NSW. Scattered falls are expected to continue across the weekend.
The rain is too late for failed winter crops, instead farmers thoughts will turn to replenishing soil moisture levels for next year’s autumn planting. Livestock producers will be hoping for pasture growth and a replenishment of water supplies.
National Farmers’ Federation CEO Tony Mahar said while the rain was welcomed it was not drought-breaking.
“Farmers need an inch of rain everyday for the next few weeks for the drought to break,” Mr Mahar told Ben Fordham on 2GB Radio yesterday afternoon.
“But as we head to the hot summer months, any rain is good rain.”
As of Thursday, Broken Hill had received more than 30mm of rain, the heaviest downpour in two years and double the amount they had for all of 2018.
Menindee NSW had more than 50mm of rain, while Ivanhoe NSW saw 40mm and Dubbo, Parkes, Forbes, Orange are expected to get around 20-40mm.
The Sydney region is expecting to record 20-30mm of rain over the weekend.
The members of the popular Facebook group “Who got the rain?” have been sharing their good news rain stories from across the east coast.
Tracy from Dubbo NSW said:
“Well – 50mm in the gauge this morning on top of the 16mm tipped out yesterday morning. Total in roughly 24 hours 66mm!! All rain water tanks full (we have 6!).. and I can [just] see the water in the house dam this morning. I will have garden water again – once the dam is replumbed. Cattle trashed the pipe and foot-valve back in summer when the dam got really low. Haven’t had garden water for about 8 or 9 months! Bit of a start from scratch project there… About 7km west of Dubbo.”
Daniel from Morwhena, 10km south of Mitchell QLD, told the group he received 12mm of rain on his property.
Scott from St George QLD recorded 38mm of rain on Thursday.
Nikki from Mungindi, a town on the boarder of NSW and QLD said: “Non-stop in Mungindi today. BoM says 4.4mm but the gauges were showing 20mm at lunchtime.”
Unfortunately according to the Bureau of Meteorology, the rain is not likely to stick around.
This shared gift of this limited amount of rain is a much needed sigh of relief and a morale boost for farmers who are dealing with one of the nation’s worst drought in living memory.
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