Win­ter rain­fall re­lief

Where the rain fell in Cen­tral Queens­land farm­ing ar­eas

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Geordi Of­ford Geordi.Of­ford@ru­ral­

RAIN has fi­nally fallen in some ar­eas of Cen­tral Queens­land.

Beau Su­rawski was one lucky farmer who re­ceived a soak­ing of 32mm on his 1618ha prop­erty west of Theodore.

“It was great to see the rain come down,” he said.

“There were a lot of opin­ions on whether we were go­ing to get it or how much we would get.

“We got half an inch of rain in the first week of May but be­fore that the last sig­nif­i­cant rain­fall was March.”

Mr Su­rawski said the rain came at a good time.

“Our house wa­ter sup­ply was start­ing to get a bit low,” he said.

“Our tanks aren’t full but the sup­ply is def­i­nitely health­ier than it was.”

The rain con­tin­ued to fall in the area un­til Mon­day.

“We only re­ceived an­other 2mm on Satur­day and missed out on the rest,” he said.

“But there is def­i­nitely more of a green tinge in the grass now.”

Mr Su­rawski said he and his wife Re­nee were mak­ing plans now the rain had come.

“It’s al­ready given us the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase some more cat­tle,” he said.

“We’ve even started to think about plant­ing crops.

“It’s cer­tainly showed us that it still rains in the re­gion.”

Annabelle Ford from the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy said the wet weather was caused by an up­per trough that cre­ated a cloud band.

“The gen­eral area that re­ceived fairly high falls was be­tween Ta­room and Spring­sure,” she said.

“Some of the high­est falls were recorded in Ghinghinda (south­west of Theodore), they re­ceived 81mm.

“We also saw ar­eas such as Rollesten re­ceive be­tween 30 and 40mm.”

With rain ex­pect­ing to clear this week, Ms Ford said a cool change would start to roll in.

“It’ll start dry­ing out by the end of the week,” she said.

“Once the rain is gone, we will see the cooler dry air com­ing through.”

Un­for­tu­nately, western ar­eas such as Lon­greach weren’t as lucky to re­ceive a down­pour.

WEL­COME RAIN­FALL: Beau Su­rawski re­ceived 32mm of rain. PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

❝given It’s al­ready us the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase some more cat­tle. — Beau Su­rawski

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