Widespread falls put smiles on faces

Highest fall of 178mm recorded on Southern Downs

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Rain gauges across the state have returned to active duty following widespread rain and thunderstorm activity.

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Theo Boshammer, 3, enjoying the 38mm that fell at Elgin, Condamine, last week. The Boshammers recorded a further 4mm in the latest falls, while their neighbours received 21mm. Picture: Kate Boshammer.

Theo Boshammer, 3, enjoying the 38mm that fell at Elgin, Condamine, last week. The Boshammers recorded a further 4mm in the latest falls, while their neighbours received 21mm. Picture: Kate Boshammer.

Rain gauges across the state have returned to active duty following widespread rain and thunderstorm activity on Thursday afternoon and into Friday morning.

Residents from central Queensland down to the border had cause for celebration after some received their first measurable falls in almost 12 months.

Palen Creek on the Southern Downs recorded the highest total for the 24 hours to 9am on Friday, with 178 millimetres falling as a result of a group of thunderstorms moving through the region to the east of Warwick.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Peter Markworth said places in the Maranoa region had recorded in the area of 40mm, while north of Dalby saw totals just over 100mm.

"There should be some rainfall through that region again today (Friday); the further east you get, the heavier it will be," Mr Markworth said.

"Going into the weekend, those falls are expected to continue to move further east."

Despite the widespread nature of the rain, Mr Markworth said the thunderstorms were more isolated.

"A lot of the rain came from groups of storms... moving through the different regions," he said.

"A number of them were associated with severe storms which had warnings out for them, and there were a number of heavy totals outlined by the 100mm that we got.

"A lot of that rainfall came within a couple of hours, but overall, most of the region got quite a bit of rain."

Areas in central Queensland also saw significant falls, with totals of about 50mm to 74mm recorded near Emerald in the 24 hours to 9am on Friday.

The rain is a welcome relief for the many producers who had been continuing to offload livestock at the end of last year.

Roma livestock agent Rod Turner, Nutrien Ag Solutions, said falls of up to 60mm south of Roma, 50mm to 60mm around Injune, and 70mm north of Mitchell had put smiles on a lot of faces and sparked a lot more confidence.

"Immediately, it will mean some grass, but like always we'll need follow up and I believe the follow up will eventuate, they all seem pretty confident that it's going to keep coming," Mr Turner said.

"Roma Saleyards only drew 1600 head of cattle for next Tuesday, so obviously it's had some sort of effect on people.

"People are in buying seed and fertiliser now so they're getting ready to start planting; going to try planting forage sorghum and then they'll only have another month and they'll start trying to plant oats."

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