Monday, 2 October 2017

Drought Breaker



Finally after about 78 days with no rain the heavens have opened. Our dam which was down very low is now full again. The pictures in this post were taken some time ago, probably about 2 years ago or longer. It is raining far to heavily to go out and about with the camera, and looking at the weather radar, I can see it will be raining for some time yet.



As I write I can hear thunder. There are storm warnings for our area. When I look out the windows I see water covering the ground. The weather bureau says that 6 hourly rainfall totals between 90mm to 120mm are likely, with isolated heavier falls of around 200mm being possible. Don has just come in from the rain, having gone out to check our rain-gauge. We have had 130mm, with more to come. 

Some areas have experienced power outages and other areas have experienced some flooding. There are some roads that have large amounts of surface watering covering them. Remember if it is flooded - forget it. I do hope everyone experiencing today's severe weather remains safe and well. 


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  1. Water! what wonderful feeling. As it rushes past I get to thinking how I can possibly capture just a bit more

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    1. It is a wonderful feeling.Overtime we hope to have additional infrastructure to capture more of the run-off.

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  2. Sherri, I am so pleased you are having some good rain. We have had nothing like that here as it has been just light rain much of the time and I hope the farmers get some too. Any rain is much appreciated at the moment.

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    1. The farmers in the district have had good rain too. Some farmers are happy, other farmers had plenty of damage from the rain event, which in some areas came with destructive winds.

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  3. And I certainly hope you will remain safe, and with power!

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    1. Luna we did remain safe. There was a mini-tornado a couple of streets away from where we used to live in the city. We did not experience any strong winds, though they were forecast as a possibility. We were prepared as best as we could be for a power outage with fuel for the generator, torches, candles, batteries and stored drinking water.

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  4. Happy it is raining for you. Must be such a relief. Hoping it doesn't affect people in the way of flooding though
    Kylie

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    1. There was quite a bit of flash flooding in the city. We had lots of water on the ground. By the next morning it had all soaked into the soil. This is really unusual because it usually takes some time for the water to dry up in Wallum country.

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  5. The sound of water running in to our water tanks was so wonderful, Sherri. Think you are getting heavier rain where you are, we've had light falls mostly but a heavier patch of rain comes through intermittently. So many days without rain really reinforces just how essential water is and how hard it can be without enough of that liquid gold. Meg:)

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    1. We got about 168 mm all up. Some areas to our north received nearly double that amount. Our dam was really low but it is now full again. I have been so busy the last few days I have not checked the overflow of the dam to see if that has dried as quickly as the rest of the property. I must check that out today.

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  6. Sherri we ended up with 106mm of the blessed wet stuff. Today the sky is grey but the bom is telling me that the rain is over Fraser and we will most likely not get any. I can hear my garden singing and slurping. By tomorrow all the brown and crunchy grass will be green again. Yippee!

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    1. Yes it is wonderful to see the green grass again. I wonder if the soil sucked up the water as quickly in your area as it did in ours? Don was using the tractor in the top paddock yesterday and commented that he didn't even leave tyre marks in the ground it was that dry. Usually after so much rain our ground would be still be somewhat soft.

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  7. That is such good news. My dam is still more empty than full, but I have one full household tank.

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    1. Our dam was really low Deb, but is now full. It was wonderful to have the rain and we did not expect to have such an abundance of it.

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  8. A few weeks ago I noticed the ants climbing up the veranda posts and that usually means rain...and here it is! I don't know where you are Sherri but your area is getting a lot more rain than us!

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    1. I am a few hours drive north of you Maria. The day before the rain I commented to my husband about the ants being on the move.

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  9. We live in the same region as Nanna Chel, and haven't had as much rain as you guys. But it was still welcome rain! It was extremely dry before, and I can imagine, the dry earth, just sucking it all up. Glad you weather the conditions, without major issues.

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