MAD DASH: This father and daughter got caught out in a sudden downpour of rain.
MAD DASH: This father and daughter got caught out in a sudden downpour of rain. File

Central Highlands graziers get a reason for brief smiles

THE drought isn't over, but graziers in the Central Highlands have a reason to smile after receiving showers from ex-tropical cyclone Dylan.

Over the three-day period, Capella recorded the highest fall in the region with 104 millimetres.

Sharleen Bettridge from Mt Wilga Station, Alpha, said the rain was a relief.

 

"We are so happy," she said.

"Mt Wilga had around 65mm.

"There was only 7mm on Friday and we thought we might have missed it; luckily by the end of Saturday, we had received 50mm."

 

She said people around Alpha did reasonably well.

And although any rain was welcome, they would not mind some more.

"We really need a proper storm. It would take two or three inches to fill our dam," Ms Bettridge said.

"But it all helps... keeps you going for another few months."

She said the rain had meant they didn't have to cart water daily now.

 

"There are other jobs we can do now," she said.

"We don't have to just cart water and feed molasses supplements."

"We can even shift some of our cattle around."

 

Brendan Bradford from the Bureau of Meteorology said the rain was welcome, but it had fallen short of predictions.

"We initially expected falls of between 50-100 millimetres for most parts of the Central Highlands," he said.

Mr Bradford said it would be fine throughout the week, with a chance of showers at the weekend.

"February is traditionally the wettest month but, we are expecting slightly below average rainfall over the three month forecast," he said.

"Hopefully we will see an end to this drought soon."

Seven-day rainfall

Alpha

49mm

Anakie

65mm

Bauhinia Dns

20mm

Blackwater

21.2mm

Capella

139mm

Clermont

124mm

Comet

43mm

Emerald

73mm


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