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.
"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."
CQ's water stocks
33.5%, 435,824 of 1,301,129 ML
79.8%, 102,972 of 129,038 ML
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