Friday, February 21, 2014

When the Wet Finally Arrived

I won't get pre-emptive and say the drought has broken, but we FINALLY got a lovely heavy wet fall of rain last night. Proper stuff, not just piddly drizzle and showers. There's been rain and storms about for a couple of weeks now but we've been feeling like always the bridesmaid. 

Last night 60mm fell here at home in two wonderfully heavy exiting falls, starting around 930pm. In between  - when I should have been in bed - I went out wandering outside with a torch. Checked the rain gauge, checked on the animals. Found some very loud frogs with puffed out chests on the lawn in my torch light. Sat in the lounge chair with a wet cat on my lap and listened to the rain fall again, then into bed when another wave of heavy rain and lightning came over.

Even more excitingly, although can't tell how wide spread its been, the Prickle Farm's remote monitor has recorded 120mm over the past two nights.

Mum and Dad's place only registed 27mm (having been the 4th bridesmaid for the past few rain influences, and still wearing that apricot taffeta number, along with my brother in law's place). But the inlaws picked up at least 47mm - the gauge being somewhat sheltered by the house, they think they had a lot more. The dam - which had just 5 feet of water left in the excavation, has filled back up the level where it will last at least 12 months (has room for plenty more water).

So we are a bit excited. We might have a bit of a wet season after all.

Some images from the rain....

House dam 21 Feb 14 (2)
Imagine above - there was only just a little puddle on the far left of the screen. This is the House Dam at the in laws place. Whilst they have now a bore at the house, as soon as the water settles, they'll be using this to water livestock and the garden again.
IMG_8760A very flukey shot of lightning induced daylight in the middle of the night, as I peered out my window at the pouring rain. Husband wasn't quite so excited about my enthusiasm (snore, snore, snore) 
IMG_8766Its been a fair while since water laid on the vacant block next door.  The poddies and the horse went to school today, locked into the area that was the old tennis court - as its the highest bit of ground that isn't water logged at the moment (and is covered with fresh urocloa and button grass, which they were very excited about).

With the showers earlier in the week, and last nights big fall, we have now totalled around 110mm for the week. Not nearly as much as friends just to our east and friends just to our west but we are not arguing about that. More rain that we received in all of 2013 I think!



  1. Oh thank goodness, I was thinking of you and hoping you got some of the rain that was in the area. The place I used to work on got their share as well and are very happy about it. I know this doesn't mean the drought is broken but it sure would have brought some relief. I would have been like you, sitting out watching, relaxing, letting the smell and the sounds wrap me up.

  2. Must be a relief for you. Now have an image of you sitting in a chair with a wet cat looking a bit like the Bond film.

  3. Fantastic Sharon, just fantastic!

  4. No, we'd best not pretend the drought's over yet Sharon, but isn't it incredible how much water can lie around after even the amount you've had. Hopefully it's a start and gaps will continue to fill in. Your poddies wouldn't have known what was going on.

  5. Great start. Lovely to see dams getting a bit of water in them too. Great lightening shot - it is somehow comforting listening to the rain.

  6. hope you have got some more rain.............

  7. How did I miss this post last week?!
    YAY for you guys. What a moment, sitting on that deck listening to the rain. You were good to leave hubby sleeping, I reckon I would have woken mine up! x

  8. Glad you guys have got some water to feed your cattle and see a little bit of green grass again. Kathy


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