Some far west pastoralists are celebrating after receiving the best rainfall they have seen in almost a year.
The Bureau of Meteorology has recorded 20mm at Menindee in the past 24 hours, 23mm at Pooncarie and 9mm at Wilcannia.
Alf Withers from Springwood Station, south of Broken Hill, says he was very happy last night.
"About an hour before the dark we had a severe dust storm from the east and we could hardly see where we were going," he said.
"And then a wonderful cloud came up and a terrific bit of thunder, and we ended up with 25mm of rain, it was raining cats and dogs actually, and it's the best rain we've had since last April."
Mr Withers says could not have come too soon.
"Oh it'll mean a lot because the ground's been terrifically dry for a long time, and we hope we might get another shower in a few days time or next week, but even without that it'll be very beneficial."
The Rural Fire Service says lightning sparked six fires in the region earlier this week, but they are all under control.
There were no new fires recorded yesterday.
© ABC 2013
16:51 EDT A lot has been said about struggling southern Mallee grain crops.