Rain delivers a moment's joy
IT MIGHT not have been much and it mightn't have lasted as long as everyone would have liked, but Stanthorpe has received a long-overdue morale boost brought on by rain.
Harry Clark from the Bureau of Meteorology said Stanthorpe received up to 13mm of rainfall between 9am on Tuesday and 9am yesterday.
"Broadly it's between 5-15mm in the area,” Mr Clark said.
"Probably the area that hasn't seen as much is along the border at Ballandean and Wallangarra.
"Ballandean has had one or two millimetres, so nowhere near as heavy. There have been people who missed out, even though it's been relatively widespread.”
However, from today, things should be 'back to business as usual' for the drought-impacted region.
"The trough that's driving this weather is shifting to the east and we'll see a slow clearance from the west.”
He predicted showers for this morning (Thursday) but added it should clear early in the day.
"There's a slight chance of showers on Friday but after that it'll be quite dry from Saturday onwards.” The highest rainfall in the region fell just east of Karara at Durikai, with 27mm.
Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce president Bill James welcomed the rain but said it would make little difference where it counts.
"When it really rains I'll be able to comment. I had a look at our gauge and it was 1mm,” the Ballandean resident said. "It's good that it'll put water in tanks, freshen the grass and the plants that are in and going.
"It'll help them a little but not near enough. It's more frustration than anything.
"Some people are in real trouble. We need 4-6 inches (10-15cm) for it to count.”