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Patchy rain brings some relief to drought-stricken western Qld

By Kate Stephens, Thursday January 9, 2014 - 13:24 EDT
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Clouds gathered over Longreach in central western Qld this morning, but only 3.6mm of rain has fallen on the town. - ABC

Showers have finally fallen on parts of Queensland's drought-stricken interior overnight.

There was 54 millimetres of rain recorded at Georgetown airport in the Gulf country in the 24 hours to 9:00am this morning.

John Bethel from Huonfels Station, 40 kilometres north of Georgetown, believes they received around 25mm.

He says while it is very welcome, more is still needed.

"Over the past two or three days there has been some reasonably good rain across the district, enough to get us out of trouble for a week or so."

"Yesterday afternoon it started and then a bit more general rain through the night came from the south-east," he said.

"I haven't measured it yet but I would say close to the inch I would have thought.

"There were a lot of storms about through the district last night and a lot of areas that have been missing out completely have picked up a bit of rain in the last few days.

"I was probably out of the woods as far as emergency water and pumping and that sort of stuff, but I was still pumping water most days - I will be able to stop that now.

Some decent falls between Gulf and south-west

The weather bureau says decent falls have been recorded from the Gulf down to the state's south-west overnight.

Parts of the southern inland, south of Mitchell, recorded one of the highest totals with 88mm of rain.

Windorah in the far south-west received 68mm, while 28mm fell in Charleville.

In the state's north-west, Julia Creek recorded 11mm overnight, while Georgetown in the Gulf recorded 54mm.

The clouds are still gathered over the central western town of Longreach today, but it had only received 3.6mm by 9:00am this morning.

Weather bureau forecaster Bryan Rolstone says more rain will continue today.

"The bulk will be more or less sort of Mount Isa area down to Windorah, Quilpie, Thargomindah area in a belt there that will be highest activity with thunderstorms," he said.

"Everywhere else spotting through the interior with varying falls with 10mm up to 20mm with some even less than 10mm.

"That is just the nature of the thunderstorm activity that we get through the interior or that we have had lately that spotty and not all locations actually get rainfall.

"Some places miss out but we can expect that sort of pattern again today."


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