The heavens finally open over the region
THE heavens opened over the west on Tuesday, bringing a short burst of relief to drought-stricken land in the Western Downs and Maranoa regions, with more than 50mm in some areas.
MacAlister and Condamine looked a winter wonderland with heavy hail turning roads and paddocks white, and Jandowae receiving upwards of 50mm of rain.
Meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology David Crock said thunderstorms produced heavy rainfall and hail accumulation throughout the Western and Northern Downs regions and out into the eastern Maranoa district towards Roma, St George and Surat.
The highest rainfall was recorded just north of Jandowae, measuring 61mm with reports of hail drifts up to a foot high in other parts of the region.
The narrow band of storms dumped welcome rain over Miranda Ronnfeldt’s property, Cobbareena, and dusted the neighbouring property, Kanimbla, in hail.
Mrs Ronnfeldt said she hoped the 60mm of rain would be enough to keep the angus cattle she had booked for the meatworks to remain on her property.
“We’ve been waiting for this rain,” she said.
“And it’s still raining.”
EPIC HAIL: This photo was taken by Jordan McDonald from Gerkies Storm Chasing just outside Jandowae after the hail storm hit.