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Far western QLD still very dry, but rain is coming

Rob Sharpe, Saturday February 22, 2014 - 12:37 EDT

Rain has been soaking farms and filling dams in parts of central Queensland, but this week it's time for the parched far west.

Heavy rain has brought as much as 250mm to parts of central Queensland this week. Alpha was one town that saw 160mm, with some nearby dams going from dry to spilling over in just a matter of hours.

The Jordan and Belyando Rivers are both experiencing major flooding today after the heavy falls.

Unfortunately the heavy falls have not been widespread, with most farmers still needing a lot more water.

The trough that has been producing the rain and thunderstorms brought plenty of rain to central Queensland, but now that the trough moves west it is weakening considerably. The Channel Country and Northwest will only see isolated falls above 10mm this weekend.

However, from Tuesday next week the trough will re-deepen, stretching from the Northern Territory, through western Queensland and into northern New South Wales. It will start to produce areas of rain and isolated heavy thunderstorms each day until next weekend with many farmers likely to see very healthy rain totals.

Although this rain won't break the drought it will lift spirits and provide an extra lease of life to much of the landscape. There should only be isolated pockets that will miss out on receiving any rain over the next week in the Channel Country and Northwest.

- Weatherzone

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