Clermont grazier is hanging on for rain relief
PREPARING his property for drought has become an every day practice for Clermont grazier and farmer Peter Anderson, whose "worst fears" were confirmed when El Nino was declared earlier this year.
But while his Glenlea property remained unquenched as sporadic rain and hail pummelled neighbouring properties at the weekend, the rain brought with it a sense of hope for what the future had in store.
Those doing it tough have been in the hearts and minds of many Central Queenslanders who have flooded two new social media pages seeking support for our hardest hit farmers.
YESTERDAY Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Jess Carey delivered some more welcome news with the likelihood of more storms to come leading into Christmas.
"We are really in the peak of the storm season at the moment," he said.
"In saying that we can still get storms throughout summer but it is far more likely between September to December.
"I would suggest there is every chance of further storms over the next two months to Christmas."
Mr Carey said not to be put off by the hot weather, as the weekend's storm was driven by plenty of available moisture at the surface level, but heat was always a factor.
"Thunderstorms by their nature are quite small scale and therefore provide very localised rainfall," he said.
"This is very common with storms and provides a lot of frustration when people living on the land totally miss out.
"We are in a transition period at the moment with February and March being traditionally the two wettest months in Queensland."
Mr Anderson said while he was confident he would sustain his 1200 head of cattle through to Christmas, if he had to wait until then for a break in season things would be "grim".
For the past 20 years, he has been building storage for sorghum - a crop which has readied his cattle for sale rather than reaped revenue for the past two years.
"It is very tough on the cash flow," he said.
"You have to wait to feed that grain to the cattle to get an income from cattle.
"We are all doing it tough," he said.
"Then there are people in a worse situation than I am in. You have to appreciate the situation you are in."