The 'ANZAC Day break' we'd been waiting for?

Embedded thunderstorms, 25-50mm expected in southern inland


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Oats and wheat have been sown hoping for some follow up rain at Hillston, Riverview Farming after 80mm fell so far this month. Picture by Myriam Bruinen.

Oats and wheat have been sown hoping for some follow up rain at Hillston, Riverview Farming after 80mm fell so far this month. Picture by Myriam Bruinen.

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Sowing starts in hope of autumn break this week

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Is this the autumn break many farmers in southern NSW have been hoping for?

Up to 50mm has been predicted in many areas on Thursday stretching in a broad band south-west from Condobolin down to the Victorian border, with embedded thunderstorms possibly bringing some heavier rain.

And for once it's a cold front carrying moisture, unlike the dry and windy systems that started with the drought back in the winter of 2017.

It also follows some good rain just a week ago, with Hillston getting about 80mm, and Griffith nearly 70mm, some of the top falls.

Farmer and Landmark agronomist Paul McCaskie, Wyrra, West Wyalong, has been busy sowing in preparation for the rain. He's sowing barley (RGT Planet and La Trobe varieties) and wheat, also popular among other farmers in the Wyalong district. Already some crops are underway around West Wyalong, including some canola despite the dry start to autumn and forage crops. Soil moisture on Wyrra, is at about 10-50cm, but this week's rain may complete the profile, which is exciting many local farmers.

Bureau of Meteorology senior climatologist Agata Imielska said this was a "good" rain bearing system, that would drive through much of inland NSW from Thursday.

"Potentially it is looking pretty good," Ms Imielska said.

Getting ready for the rain this week at Hillston with oats being sown. Picture by Myriam Bruinen.

Getting ready for the rain this week at Hillston with oats being sown. Picture by Myriam Bruinen.

The Bureau is predicting four-day totals of up to 50mm in parts of the major southern cropping area.

Ms Imielska said there could be embedded thunderstorms that would bring heavier falls. She warned people working outside to take note of thunderstorm warnings, and have a thunderstorm safety plan in the areas where warnings may be issued from Thursday to Friday.

She said it appeared to be a moist slow-moving cold front that should bring hopefully soaking rain. A trough was also moving across the state.

It's not clear yet how much rain will move into the drier areas in the central-west and on the Liverpool Plains and around Tamworth. Dubbo can expect 6-15mm on Friday, the BOM says. Tamworth may get 4-15mm on Friday.

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