PM Abbott Tours Drought affected areas in the rain?

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Rainfall Totals across NSW until 9am 16th February 2014

Rainfall Totals across NSW until 9am 16th February 2014

As the rains fall across NW NSW, Prime Minister Abbott is expected to tour NW NSW and central Queensland in response to the worsening drought! What timing!

A rain band with some of the best rains in months is expected pass through central to NW NSW today of falls between 15 to 30mm of rain widespread across the region! This does affect parts of SW Queensland but lighter falls are expected further north.

PM Tours Drought Affected Areas in the rain - coincidence?

PM Tours Drought Affected Areas in the rain - coincidence?

However, Queensland may be getting substantial falls over the next week with models now consistently putting rains in the region by late next week!

Good news all around but it will be interesting to see how today plays out timing wise with the visit.

Latest Satellite Visible Image nsw vis latest 16th_February 2014 3pm

Latest Satellite Visible Image nsw vis latest 16th_February 2014 3pm

11 thoughts on “PM Abbott Tours Drought affected areas in the rain?

  1. Harley Pearman

    Thank you. I have just got home. About to write something about it. Mind you, its not allot of rain for us but its better than nothing.

  2. Jimmy Deguara

    From WeatherZone "Cobar saw one of heaviest falls for the state, collecting 68mm in the 24 hours to 9am today, its heaviest rain since 2008. Some places north and west of Cobar had their best rain in more than a year, with Innesowen picking up 43mm and Louth 30mm." Says it all! Heavist rain for Cobar for 6 years!

  3. Jimmy Deguara

    From the ABC News on Weatherzone "A downpour while Mr Abbott was in the town was applauded by farmers, but they warned isolated rains would not provide them with enough relief to renew their businesses."

  4. Harley Pearman

    I have added a more comprehensive discussion of rainfall under "Rain event 15 and 16 February 2014". Cobar did have a good total overnight but there seems to be a pattern in which the best totals are isolated in nature with some areas receiving worthwhile totals while other areas are missing out.

    So far little rainfall has occurred across the northern inland of New South Wales including the towns of Narrabri, Moree and Inverell. This area is in bad shape. Any rain from this system later today or overnight across that region would be welcome.
    On the subject of the drought not quite related to the current rain event, there is talk that 2014 could be a tough year for farming. There is talk of a possible El Nino phase returning later on this year which bring a greater chance of less rain or even drought conditions. Its still too early to guage this or to determine any strength of it, assuming it does occur. This is one to watch for 2014 but it is something that is getting some attention in the media in addition to the current drought crises.

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