Evening storm dumps a small amount of rain on Dubbo

THUNDER ROLLS: Storm clouds converge over South Dubbo on Friday evening. Photo: BEN WALKER
THUNDER ROLLS: Storm clouds converge over South Dubbo on Friday evening. Photo: BEN WALKER

When you’ve gone as long as we have without rain, you have to celebrate even the smallest of wins.

Which is why a minor fall on Friday night would have brought a small smile to faces of people around the district.

Unfortunately the bark of the storm was worse than its bite, with the imposing clouds delivering only 7mm of precipitation.

Worryingly, that makes it the second wettest day in Dubbo so far in 2018, behind only the 7.6mm that was recorded on January 26.

Friday’s storm was also visually spectacular, with the wave of dark clouds rolling in from the west also delivering an impressive lightning display.

Unfortunately, it appears as though the falls will be short-lived, with little predicted in the way of follow-up falls.

According to the Bureau Of Meteorology, there are no major rain events are predicted for the next 28 days, meaning there is little relief in sight for our struggling farmers.

While the rain was short-lived, there may be some small benefits from it with a cool front following that will see temperatures drop.

After a long, warm summer that stretched into autumn with temperatures remaining above 30, the mercury is expected fall into the 20s for the majority of this week. 

Down in the southern parts of the state the cool front that presented the storm and minor relief to Dubbo delivered blizzards to locations such as Thredbo, Perisher, Goulburn, Cooma and Braidwood.