NO RAIN TAKES ITS TOLL

South­west hopes for May rain­fall to ease farm­ers’ pain

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Joshua Macree joshua.macree@west­ern­starnews.com

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.”

PHOTO: JAC­INTA CUM­MINS

DRY TIMES: Farm­ers ex­pe­ri­ence an­other month with­out rain.

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