SEND IT DOWN, HUGHIE!
RAIN RELIEF WRAP-UP:
That’s how Monto farmer and machinery dealer Drew Forsyth described the downpour on Monday afternoon, when he received more than 7cm in half an hour.
“It’s always violent thunderstorms like that that break the drought,” Mr Forsyth said.
“I’m a big believer in easterly storms, with lots of claps of thunder.
“In 1968 the drought was really, really, really bad. It came from the east one day and we had six inches in about one hit. It ran water everywhere.”
Heads were tipped towards the sky all afternoon on Monday as locals speculated whether or not the heavens would open. But just after 4.30pm, the town was soaked.
“It came out of the east and prepared itself. Then it rumbled around and came back around the town several different ways,” Mr Forsyth said.
Splinter Creek landowner Brian-Wedemeyer had 93mm on Monday, but wasn’t there to catch the action.
“I reckon it will look a whole lot different when I come back and see it this weekend,” he said.
While Monto had sporadic blackouts during the storms, Kalpowar has had little power since Monday.
FINALLY: The region should soon start to see some green after the heavens opened up on Monday afternoon.