WEDNESDAY saw the return of welcome rain for all across the district as the heavens opened for around 24 hours providing much needed moisture for crops and gardens.
Tarranyurk’s Marshall Rodda said he was thankful for the rain as it was perfect for the crops.
“It was a good steady rain over 24 hours which was fantastic and extremely welcome,” Mr Rodda said.
“This will carry us through to August at least which is wonderful,” he said. West of Warracknabeal received 42mm of rain, while Beulah recorded falls of 33- 34mm and east of Warracknabeal received 34mm.
Rupanyup’s Adrian Tyler recorded 38.5mm at his hard-ware store in town with several district farmers collecting 42mm.
There were thunderstorms around Rupanyup with vary-
ing rainfalls recorded.
“The rain is always good for crops and we are looking to have a good year we’re hoping,” Adrian Tyler said.
“The rainfall will keep the season ticking along nicely,”
Mr Tyler said.
“We think we have a very positive year coming with the
rain we’ve received so far this year,” he said.
East of the Warracknabeal Aerodrome, Mick Morcom re- ceived 47mm.
“The rain is very good, I’m extremely happy with what we’ve received,” Mr Morcom said.
Warracknabeal Museum recorded a total of 42mm. Ailsa’s Graeme Stewart received a total of 43mm since Sunday which he was extremely happy about.
“The rain is just fantastic and is a wonderful conﬁdence booster,” Mr Stewart said.
“There’s still a long way to go for the season but this rain will help us gain some conﬁdence to help make some decisions now and down the track,” he said.
“There’s been a fair bit of moisture for the start of the season which has been wonderful.”
“We were able to have a great start to the season with a good weed kill before we cropped paddocks.”
“Things are looking good so far.”
In December Graeme received four inches of rain, 14mm in February, and 68mm in May before the rains hit this week.
Rainbow received 35mm, Hopetoun received 18.4mm, Nhill recorded 11.4mm while further north Manangatang received just 8mm.
While there was tipped to be severe winds in parts of the state, the district luckily missed out on the strong winds.
Bureau of Meteorology Victoria senior forecaster Dean Stewart said, “The cold front spread across Victoria causing rain and gusty winds.”
“We saw good rain right across the state with the heaviest falls occurring over the north of Victoria,” Mr Stewart said.
“We saw widespread falls from 25 to 35mm but this tapered off closer to the north border,” he said.
“In the north west of the state, many places recorded 40-45mm of rain which was lovely to see.