NO RAIN TAKES ITS TOLL
Southwest hopes for May rainfall to ease farmers’ pain
WITH parts of the southwest experiencing little to no rainfall in April, many in the region hope that May will reverse our current weather woes.
In the Balonne, St George didn’t record a single drop of rain last month, while the Maranoa didn’t fare much better, with Roma receiving a lowly 1mm.
Further out west, Cunnamulla received 12mm, which is about half the monthly average.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s Lauren Pattie said the region missed most of the rain that had fallen consistently across parts of the east coast.
“The southwest and central parts of the state experienced pockets of rainfall in April thanks to odd weather troughs,” she said.
“It has been quite isolated however and not particularly significant – falling below average for most of those regions.”
Drought Angels’ Natasha Johnson is all too familiar with the effects long periods of absent rainfall can have on our farmers.
“We see them just trying to keep their heads above water by feeding their stock or putting groceries on their table,” she said.
“A lot of them come to us and say we can just cover our bills and have nothing left for groceries at the end of the week.
“It’s often family and friends that are reaching out to us because they are very proud – like anyone that has to ask for help when you’re used to looking after yourself.”
DRY TIMES: Farmers experience another month without rain.