HIT THE SPOT: Local farmer Kim Bremner was pleased with the recent rain and said it had come at the perfect time, just a fortnight before the start of cotton planting.
HIT THE SPOT: Local farmer Kim Bremner was pleased with the recent rain and said it had come at the perfect time, just a fortnight before the start of cotton planting. Dominic Elsome

Rain sticking around Friday before easing over the weekend

THE much-needed rain that has been falling across the week is tragically coming to an end.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gordon Banks said while rain would be sticking around today, most would be leaving over the weekend.

"It should shift away on Sunday, still maintaining some isolated showers around but the bulk of the wet weather will finish on Saturday,” Mr Banks said.

"We'll see things clear up during Saturday and most of the weather contract to the coast.”

The rain event has been caused by a series of upper troughs moving across the state, creating an unstable air mass that allowed thunderstorms to form.

Mr Banks said a cool change due today was expected to bring the temperature down to just 19 degrees, 10 degrees below average, and bring more rain.

"It won't be particularly heavy rain - it'll be a really drizzly, overcast, don't-see-the-sun-type weather with an easterly breeze,” he said. "I think across Friday and Saturday something of the order of 20-30 mm (may fall).”

Bowenville Farmer Kim Bremner is pleased with the recent rains the Darling Downs has received, just two week before the start of cotton planting.
Bowenville Farmer Kim Bremner is pleased with the recent rains the Darling Downs has received, just two week before the start of cotton planting. Dominic Elsome

A good start, but by now means enough

The rain has been a welcome relief for many farmers in the region.

Bowenville cotton farmer Kim Bremner said the past week of falls had been unexpected but well received.

"If you'd said to me at the beginning of October it's going to rain this much I'd have laughed at you,” Mr Bremner said.

"(Saturday's 28 mm) was our biggest fall since February... by a considerable margin.”

Mr Bremner operates 1100ha over two properties, and the dry months had severely impacted both.

"We didn't plant any wheat because it was too dry and corn, well we'll see what happens with the summer,” he said.

The rain had come at the perfect time - just two weeks before he planned to start sowing 1000ha of cotton.

He however stressed while it was a good start more was needed.

"There are a lot of people that missed out. There's still a lot of gaps,” he said.

"I would say we're looking for a medium sized flood across the Downs to fill up storage - so you'd probably be looking at between 200 and 400mm over the next couple of months.

"It's not predicted. No one says it's going to happen but that would make everyone very happy.”


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