Week­end rain a tease

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Do­minic Elsome do­minic.elsome@gat­ton­star.com.au

GLOOMY skies were seen around most of the Lock­yer Val­ley and Som­er­set ar­eas across the week­end and the rain it brought was a wel­come re­lief for many, but not all.

To­tals var­ied dra­mat­i­cally, with some ar­eas get­ting a del­uge while oth­ers re­ceived only a sprin­kling.

Adam Fitz-henry was one of the lucky ones.

His Re­gency Downs prop­erty re­ceived 82mm over the week­end.

“I’m chuffed – the tank’s full,” Mr Fitz-henry said.

“We had 73mm on Fri­day night – in an hour, it just buck­eted down – and then we got an­other 9mm fol­low-up on Sun­day.”

The storm on Fri­day night even brought hail­stones.

“It looks like a lit­tle cell formed just near us and pretty much just sat on us for an hour,” he said.

Other ar­eas of the re­gion weren’t so lucky – Jean­nette Cal­low’s prop­erty at Up­per Tenthill re­ceived just 3.5mm for the week­end.

Ms Cal­low has lived at the prop­erty for five years and says this year is the dri­est she has ex­pe­ri­enced.

“I think we might have had one, maybe two rain events this year where we got 20 or 30mm, but other than that the last one was in De­cem­ber,” Ms Cal­low said.

While a lit­tle rain is cer­tainly bet­ter than none, more is des­per­ately needed, but un­for­tu­nately it seems un­likely to come soon.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­caster Annabelle Ford said the rain event had been a sud­den burst that wouldn’t be stick­ing around.

“The rain was caused by an up­per low com­bined with a sur­face trough as well as an in­crease in mois­ture – that all com­bined to pro­duce a rain band and some storms as well,” Ms Ford said.

“That’s all cleared away now and we’re re­ally not ex­pect­ing much in the way of rain re­ally for the next week at all.”

A high pres­sure ridge and dry air mass is dom­i­nat­ing the state and will keep skies clear and dry for at least the next week.

Day­time tem­per­a­tures will be in the low to mid 20s.

PHOTO: DO­MINIC ELSOME

NOT ENOUGH: While some ar­eas had more than 30mm of rainfall, Jean­nette Cal­low re­ceived just 3.5mm at her Up­per Tenthill prop­erty.

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