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Australia Graziers rejoice after record November rainfall in Queensland's central west

23:06  30 november  2021
23:06  30 november  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Drought-ravaged communities in western Queensland are celebrating modest rainfall — and there is more on the way. Gretchen Hayman and her family help run Milray Station, just outside of Blackall. She said the falls of 23mm they received on Wednesday lifted the community' s spirts. Rosemary Champion said the rain gauge at her property outside Longreach recorded 12mm. With the wind audible in the background, she told the ABC it was raining horizontally and was "just quite terrifying really for a little while".

Drought-ravaged communities in western Queensland are celebrating modest rainfall — and there is more on the way. Gretchen Hayman and her family help run Milray Station, just outside of Blackall. Rain was also reported in Longreach and Winton on Wednesday afternoon, with decent falls also reported further south at Cunnamulla. Rosemary Champion said the rain gauge ather property outside Longreach recorded 12mm. With the wind audible in the background, she told the ABC it was raining horizontally and was "just quite terrifying really for a little while".

Weston Phelps checking over the cattle at Jynoomah Station, which as received 145mm throughout November.  (Supplied: Josh Phelps) © Provided by ABC NEWS Weston Phelps checking over the cattle at Jynoomah Station, which as received 145mm throughout November.  (Supplied: Josh Phelps)

November rain records have tumbled in some of the driest parts of Queensland after late spring falls.

For some landowners, this has been the wettest November in 61 years.

Records go back to 1960 on Kate Chapman's family's property at Calliope in central Queensland, and over the decades there have been plenty of 100 millimetre and 200mm-plus falls.

But in November alone, 330mm of rain has fallen — a welcome increase on the 12 millimetres they received 12 months ago.

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Rain is finally falling in western Queensland with drought-stricken graziers grateful for the reprieve from the dry conditions as heavy but patchy rain falls across the west . Fairview Station at Kynuna, north- west of Longreach received 205 millimetres with more rain expected in the coming days. The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a very high chance of rain in Longreach on Friday and a medium chance (40 per cent) elsewhere in the central west . Rain was likewise expected on Friday across the state' s North West region and northern parts of the Channel Country. Rain is predicted to continue at

Grazier sees 'best rain ' since 1992 as more than 100mm falls in parts of far west NSW. Flash flooding expected across eastern Victoria. The so-called Bundaberg dome has burst with the city set to record its wettest November since 1934. Localised flash flooding has cut roads, dams are overflowing, and parts of the Wide Bay Burnett have already received triple their monthly rainfall average. Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Falem Hanniffy said almost a month' s worth of rain fell in a single day in Bundaberg on Monday.

"This time last year we were screaming for this sort of rain," Ms Chapman said.

"It's come in the nick of time, because only a month ago we were still feeding molasses."

The heavy rain has also been a long time coming for Rolleston grazier Tim Patterson after five years of tough conditions.

This month's total of 205mm smashed the average November rainfall of about 26 millimetres.

"It's about time it changed. We've had that many false breaks — a good fall and then no follow-up, and that's been an issue for the past five years," Mr Patterson said.

"It's really good to see this. It's been nice and early for us in the season. Usually January, February is really good for us here, so it's looking good from here on."

Taking the pressure off

Consistent follow-up rain at the right time of the year is every grazier's dream.

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Central Queensland copped an average of 150 millimetres in the past 48 hours to Friday morning, while up to 270mm was recorded near Theresa Creek. Flash flooding hit Rubyvale and Sapphire and Glenn Bell from the Central Highlands Regional Council' s Disaster Management group said some Meanwhile, Awoonga Dam, located 30 kilometres west of Gladstone, recorded just over 100mm in three hours on Thursday. Earlier this week, Brisbane experienced one of its heaviest November downpours in decades, with 142mm falling in the inner-north suburb of Eagle Farm in a 24-hour period.

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Josh Phelps at Jynoomah Station near Tambo in western Queensland received 145mm last month.

"It's just a perfect top up," he said.

"This time of year is usually really dry for us.

"There's certainly some smiles on a lot of cockies out here, that's for sure."

After years of drought and lacklustre wet seasons, Mr Phelps says the totals from this November will go a long way.

"You'll just get a better conception rate and heavier calves, and just a better outlook for all your cattle," he said.

The rain has been an added sweetener to strong cattle prices, leaving many producers feeling unusually positive heading into 2022.

"There's plenty of optimism at the moment," Mr Phelps said.

"Everyone's really buoyant."

Rare opportunity for graziers in green patch

It is a rare golden trifecta for graziers right now — consistently high cattle prices, low interest rates and a good start to the wet season.

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Some rain gauges in central and southern Queensland have already recorded hundreds of millimetres of rain this month, with more expected over coming days. Rainfall records to be broken amid La Niña. Ms Reid said there was every chance there could be a few locations that will experience their wettest November on record . "It is the line-up of not just La Niña but the Indian Ocean Dipole, [and] other factors in the broader planetary scale of the weather systems as well," she said.

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"There are only so many opportunities you get in your working lifetime to capitalise on these little periods," Mr Phelps said.

"We've just been keeping our heads above water, and you do lose a bit of structure and in any business … it's nice to get that back.

"We are going to look back at some stage and realise the opportunity that is now."

But not everyone is able to capitalise on it.

Some graziers are hoping for a reprieve from the rain, including those on properties around Capella, where recent falls have caused flooding.

For others, rain remains elusive or the record high prices are incredibly restrictive.

In some cases, it is both.

Cyril Close, a founding member of TopX Australia, said people were more cautious than ever before about spending on cattle.

"We're seeing something we've never seen before," he said.

"There is a fear out there … there are some people out there, if they sold at the bottom of the market, they would be struggling to know how to jump back in."

Mr Close said it had prompted some farmers to diversify.

"We have people going into different investment streams," he said.

"They're doing some off-farm investment or getting back into sheep, or getting into goats if they can fence up."

For those who have missed out on rain so far, there is still a chance for a soggier-than-usual summer due to the La Niña event.

From next week, however, locals in the state's north-west will have to contend with a low-intensity heatwave stretching from Mount Isa to the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders.


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Australia records its wettest November with more rain to come .
The last wettest November was in 1973, when the country recorded an average of 70.1 millimetres of rain.In NSW, it was the wettest November since 1917 on record, receiving nearly three times the monthly average rainfall. In Bathurst, 241.6 millimetres of rain was recorded, breaking a 113-year-old November mark of 195.7 millimetres.

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