KNEE DEEP: Lexie plays in the mud at Currajong, at Taroom, which recorded 15mm of rain over the weekend.
KNEE DEEP: Lexie plays in the mud at Currajong, at Taroom, which recorded 15mm of rain over the weekend. Contributed

Wet season rain’s not breaking the dry spell

THE new year's early rainfall is promising but not drought-breaking just yet.

That's the message Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson Jess Carey is pushing after positive rainfall throughout Central Queensland early in the 2016 wet season, which was a light at the end of the tunnel for many farmers.

He said while the wet start to the year was not uncommon, extra rain early in the season was a strong indicator as to what to expect for February and March, the traditionally wettest months of the year.

"Obviously there has been some excellent rainfall in the south and the west and that has been very welcome, but now we need to see some follow-up rainfall," Mr Carey said.

"We need to see that to really knock the drought out of the ball park.

Coloured areas show weekly rainfall averages while highlighted regions below show falls in 24 hours to 9am Sunday morning.
Coloured areas show weekly rainfall averages while highlighted regions below show falls in 24 hours to 9am Sunday morning.

"It has been an immeasurable benefit to the community, it fills up dams and we can start pumping that around and using it.

"But we are crossing our fingers for that follow-up rainfall."

Mr Carey said parts of the Central Queensland region should be expecting between 20 and 40mm of rain over the coming days.

"It is good news (the wet weather) has occurred quite early in the wet season," he said.

"Now we have the rest of January and all through February and March, which are the two wettest months, as a very good opportunity for follow-up rainfall.

"We hope it really knocks the drought and people can start living in those areas that really haven't seen rain."

Coloured areas show weekly rainfall averages while highlighted regions below show falls in 24 hours to 9am Sunday morning.
Coloured areas show weekly rainfall averages while highlighted regions below show falls in 24 hours to 9am Sunday morning.

CQ's water stocks

Fairbairn Dam

33.5%, 435,824 of 1,301,129 ML

Callide Dam

79.8%, 102,972 of 129,038 ML

Kroombit Dam

56%, 8172 of 14,600 ML

Fitzroy River Barrage

53,522 of 74,700 ML

Mount Morgan Number 7 Dam

2086 of 2800 ML

Eden Bann Weir

26,260 of 35,900 ML



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