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Outback downpour lifts grazier's spirits

Chrissy Arthur, Wednesday March 6, 2013 - 10:43 EDT

A grazier in central-west Queensland says he has recorded more than 200 millimetres of rain overnight at Aramac, north of Longreach.

Grazier Andrew Cowper says heavy rain since late yesterday afternoon will see locals streams and creeks full.

However, he says it was not widespread, with a storm cell sitting over Aramac for most of the evening.

"It's a bit more than you need for the garden - that's for sure," he said.

"I suppose if you were fussy, it is a bit too much but it is certainly a hell of a lot better outlook than we had three weeks ago.

"I had a look at it for a few times during the night because it ... didn't let up.

"It didn't quite get to Longreach, it didn't quite get to Muttaburra, it just sat in that little triangle."

He says he recorded 203 millimetres and it is a big relief for those under the storm.

"I always reckon it doesn't matter how much you've had, you can only look six months ahead," he said.

"Six months from today would take you somewhere to September.

"Now that is pretty good, if you can go into winter with that sort of moisture in the ground, it starts to make spring look pretty good.

"What happens over the next month or two I think will be an indicator of what sort of spring and early summer we'll have."


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