The rain was welcome but not the hail. Still, no one was complaining in Maryborough yesterday.
The rain was welcome but not the hail. Still, no one was complaining in Maryborough yesterday. Jocelyn Watts

Hail the rain

IT MIGHT have been just enough rain to give us two more weeks of use from our near-empty rain water tanks but the showers that hit the Fraser Coast yesterday were gratefully accepted.

A prolonged dry spell of 83 days since our last decent drop had left the district parched and brown.

Signs of rain coming saw lightning spark up the night sky on Sunday but for a long time it looked like it might be all puff and bluster with no rain.

The dam finally broke in Hervey Bay just after 9.30pm on Sunday with 3.4mm falling in just one-and-a-half hours.

Another good storm in the morning took the weather gauge up to 5mm before some late showers rounded the day off, giving us an overall reading of 9mm.

Maryborough fared much better, receiving double the load as well as an unwanted short, sharp deposit of small hail.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast more thunderstorms and showers for the next few days, giving hope to those watching the low levels of their dams that there could be some run off now the ground has been soaked.

While many have said the current dry spell is the worst for years it isn’t quite the truth.

Statistics show that overall the rainfall for the past six months has been near on average, although the 83 days of dry had many saying it couldn’t be true.



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