The heav­ens fi­nally open over the re­gion

The Western Star - - Best Of The West - Emily Brad­field and Tara Miko

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.”

PHOTO: GERKIES STORM CHAS­ING

EPIC HAIL: This photo was taken by Jor­dan McDon­ald from Gerkies Storm Chas­ing just out­side Jandowae af­ter the hail storm hit.

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