“I made a wish for a bucket load of rain. It’s still happening here in Bungendore NSW.”
Over the weekend, parts of western NSW received some much-needed rain — not enough to fix the drought, but enough to celebrate for a few hours.
As much as 100mm of rain fell in some parts of the states. Bourke received 92mm over the weekend, while further south Cobar recorded 27mm – its second-highest fall of 2019. Just today, Bungadore has received 18.4mm of rain since 9am, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
In a Facebook group for farmers to connect and commiserate over the drought, people are celebrating the rain, and the posts are pure joy.
“It’s not drought-breaking but it’s a start…. and I have one very happy farmer!” Tracey Bennett said, posting a video of her husband splashing through puddles in his undies and an Akubra.
Please enjoy this video of a farmer in Tottenham (central NSW) splashing through puddles in his undies and an akubra ???????? pic.twitter.com/Dq5nWZNVdX
— Alex Bruce-Smith (@alexbrucesmith) November 3, 2019
The Port of Bourke Hotel shared a video of patrons jumping and rolling about in the street outside, jumping through some of the 92mm of rain it received on the weekend.
The boys enjoying the rain last night
Posted by The Port Of Bourke Hotel on Saturday, 2 November 2019
One dad shared a video of his “drought babies” running around in the backyard, while another man shared photos and videos of his dad, fully clothed, pretending to swim in the water.
“Haven’t seen a smile like this for a long time on him,” Oliver Gordon said of his dad, Andrew Gordon, a farmer out in Bourke.
“The drought will not be over till the fat cows can’t be seen for grass but this much needed rain will certainly bring some much needed relief and smiles across the country.”
84mm of rain & counting at #WestMoocultaStation here in Bourke NSW.Dad Andrew Gordon absolutely over the moon with the…
It wasn’t all good news for everyone. Some parts of NSW received next to nothing of the “liquid gold”, with farmers who missed out sharing a mix of disappointment and happiness for those who didn’t.
“It’s mixed emotions posting our total knowing not all got it,” one woman wrote, while another celebrated the 2ml they received in Warialda.
“Settles the dust for a bit,” one person wrote.
“And washes it off the leaves so the trees can breath,” another replied.Image: Facebook