Not drought breaking rain but it's a decent start

Not drought breaking rain but it's a decent start


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Bernie O'Connor not only celebrating his win at Packsaddle Gymkhana and Bikekhana on Sunday but also the rain that fell. While it was only 10mm, it was the first decent rainfall the region had recorded in two years. Photo by Mia Degoumois from Packsaddle Roadhouse.

Bernie O'Connor not only celebrating his win at Packsaddle Gymkhana and Bikekhana on Sunday but also the rain that fell. While it was only 10mm, it was the first decent rainfall the region had recorded in two years. Photo by Mia Degoumois from Packsaddle Roadhouse.

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It was far from drought breaking but the first decent rainfall in two years at Packsaddle was certainly something worth celebrating.

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It was far from drought breaking but the first decent rainfall in two years at Packsaddle was certainly something worth celebrating.

For those competing at the Packsaddle Gymkhana and Bikekhana over Easter, the 10 millimetres of rain that fell late on Sunday afternoon "topped the weekend off".

"We haven't seen decent rain like that for two years," gymkhana spokesperson Lisa O'Connor said.

"First there was a shower of rain and then it started to pour, people ran out in it and the kids went nuts, it was incredible.

"It wasn't a drought-breaker but it was enough for people to realise it will rain again, maybe it's the beginning of the season changing."

Ms O'Connor said one of the event attendees summed it up well: "it's been hard to love where we live lately but this event reminds us exactly why we do what we do".

Mia Degoumois from Packsaddle Roadhouse echoed Ms O'Connor's sentiments saying she could not remember how long it had been since they saw rain like that in "one hit".

"We loved it,' Mrs Degoumois said.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) meteorologist Rosemary Barr said the weekend saw a cold front move over parts of the state that led to thunderstorm activity.

With the showers and thunderstorms, Ms Barr said there were varying rainfall totals and plenty of regions that did not see any rain.

"It's fantastic to see this kind of event bringing some rain to those regions that haven't seen rain for a while," Ms Barr said.

"But it's worth noting it was quite isolated and fell over short periods of time."

Local heavy rain caused minor flooding along the Paroo River at Willara Crossing.

This saw Burrawantie on Paroo River record 58.6mm on Monday with 42mm at Hungerford while just south of there only received 8mm.

At Wilcannia there was 60mm from Sunday into Monday, which Ms Barr said was significant for the region particularly this time of the year.

Ms Barr said there would not be much follow-up rain from this event in the next couple of days as the state shifts into a drier weather pattern.

She said the trough was starting to weaken and while there was a chance we could see isolated showers they would not deliver significant totals.

Rainfall chart BOM

(7 days to 9am April 23)

  • Wilcannia 72mm
  • Hungerford 68mm
  • Wanaaring 56mm
  • Cobar 53mm
  • Griffith 48mm
  • Hillston 44mm
  • Darlington Point 40mm
  • Narrandera 36mm
  • Ivanhoe 33mm
  • Tibooburra 32mm
  • Wagga Wagga 25mm
  • Menindee 24mm
  • White Cliffs 21mm
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