NSW’s northeast will receive the most rainfall today with Girralong, near Nambucca, having had 60mm since 9am yesterday.
Barrington in the Hunter has had 58mm, while further south Mt Elliott had 54mm and Gosford 44m on the Central Coast.
While the rain has been welcomed the weekend’s storms will not be enough to break the drought gripping 60 per cent of the state.
The grim summation came from the NSW Farmers Association as WeatherWatch meteorologist Don White said the selective pattern of the storms also meant that while some drought-stricken properties enjoyed downpours of more than 60mm, others just a short drive away received nothing more than a shower to settle the dust.
NSW Farmers Association northern regional manager Stuart Murdoch said that the rain would regrettably do “almost nothing” for most primary producers in NSW since most properties needed to have a deep soaking that lasted for days in order to restore soil moisture levels before cooler weather returned.
“The northern half of the state has been very ordinary for a long, long time,” Mr Murdoch said.
“People are talking about dams drying up that have never been dry before.”
“We need four-plus inches — 100mm-plus — but it’s probably not going to happen.”
WeatherWatch meteorologist Don White said the selective nature of the rainfall was a result of wet weather systems moving up from the south in precise bands carved out by the jet stream.
“Places like Tullamore and Cobar, and some places out on the Darling had falls of 50-60mm, but either side of it there were only falls of