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Weekend rainfall offers small reprieve from dry conditions

MUCH-NEEDED: JohnToohill with his rain gauge after the welcome downpour.
MUCH-NEEDED: JohnToohill with his rain gauge after the welcome downpour. Inga Williams

DAYS after being drought declared, the Ipswich region has had a small reprieve from dry conditions thanks to a rainy weekend.

Eastern Heights resident John Toohill recorded 40mm in his rain gauge between Saturday morning and Sunday morning, the largest fall for several months.

Mr Toohill has followed in his retired-farmer father's footsteps to regularly record rainfall at his home.

He said it had been up to six months since the gauges had seen that level of rainfall at Eastern Heights.

Rainfall figures from the Bureau of Meteorology show 24mm of rain fell on Saturday and into Sunday morning, following 2mm that fell on Friday night.

The weekend rainfall was five times the amount that fell over Amberley weather station during the whole month of July, when only 5.4mm of rain was recorded.

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It also beat the total rainfall in June of only 23.2mm.

Rural places around the Ipswich region had an even better soaking over the weekend, with Fernvale and Lake Manchester receiving 35mm between 9am Saturday and 9am Sunday.

At Mutdapilly, Don Hines recorded 31mm in his rain gauge.

It's the largest fall at his property since late March, when 162mm fell, and well above the paltry 1.4 mm Mr Hines recorded during July.

Kalbar farmer Kent West said the very welcome rainfall at his property reached about 30mm.

Thanks to the falls of up to 30mm being spread throughout the day, Mr West said pastures had been given a good soaking without the risk of damage to the soil.

"It's given it a nice, easy soaking," he said.

The rainfall will give their farm a short-term reprieve from the high costs of irrigation currently being used to water their lucerne and vegetable crops.

Mr West said the rain would help put some growth into the pastures for nearby cattle farmers.

Weekend rainfall 9am Saturday to 9am Sunday

  • Amberley: 24mm
  • Mount Crosby: 38mm
  • Moogerah Dam: 45mm
  • Ripley: 38mm
  • Bundamba: 32mm

Topics:  bureau of meteorology drought



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