After last week’s miraculous downpour, hopes for more rainfall hang in the balance with a monsoonal trough developing in the north.
Bureau of Meteorology Senior Liaison Officer, Jeff Sabburg, says that current models are predicting average rainfall in Central and West Queensland over the coming weeks, but the chance of a tropical cyclone coupled with the break down of El Nino could bring further storms.
“What happens with a possible tropical low or tropical cyclones coming through we’ve seen good rainfall come about from those,” he says.
Drought stricken farmers rejoiced when record-breaking rain came down across the central west late last week.
Winton received 100.8mm of rain on March 10, breaking the previous daily record of 64mm in 2003.
It was an uplifting moment for the farmers and producers who have been struggling through unbearably dry conditions.
“A trough [formed] near the north tropical coast and also an upper trough trapping in very moist air in the lower levels to produce showers, rain and thunderstorms,” says Mr Sabburg.
The drenching rain was welcomed by drought stricken communities right across the Central West, but farmers are still holding out for another drop.
More updates from the Bureau of Meteorology will be available next week.