WILD WEATHER: Bizarrely shaped storm clouds like these near Boggabri on Sunday afternoon revealed the atmospheric turbulence which brought violent hailstorms, but plenty of rain as well.
Heavy and widespread district rainfall has been welcomed, coming at the right time for crops.
While the rain was more than welcome, some properties experienced damaging winds and hail during the storms on Sunday night.
A band of hailstorm activity was reported across parts of the Pilliga, Turrawan, Harparary and Maules Creek area causing damage to properties. Several property owners reported damge to homes, fences and crops.
The rain event, which delivered up to 60 millimetres to areas around Narrabri, could be worth millions of dollars to the local community as it brings farmers one step closer to strong winter crops and a busy harvest period.
According to Narrabri Shire Weathernet, Harparary recorded 66 millimetres, the Wheat Research Centre received 40 millimetres and Tookey Creek 66 millimetres.
Further west, 34 millimetres fell at Merah North and 31 at Wee Waa.
A larger, higher quality winter crop would provide a much needed boost to rural communities, increasing the amount of jobs on offer during harvest and allowing cash to begin flowing once again for farming enterprises.
And the rain may not be finished just yet, with further predictions of patchy, light falls across the North West Slopes and Plains for the remainder of the week.
Narrabri agronomist Dean Hancock said most of the district’s growers were reporting falls between 20 and 60 millimetres.
SES AT WORK: Narrabri SES volunteers were quickly on the scene to tarpaulin roofs damaged by Sunday night’s storms. Above, SES workers Peter Crawford and Peter Verwey, with Wave Hill Road property residents Liam Bogdanoff and Kris Bogdanoff on Monday. RIGHT: Tarps in place at the Bogdanoff’s after the storm damage.
“Couldn’t have timed it better, looking at some of the barley that’s already out in head, they’re harvesting in six to seven weeks, so this will be perfect for those growers it will fill the grain out nicely,” he said.
“Couldn’t have timed it better for the faba beans, they’ll be harvesting in six to seven weeks also.
“No doubt it has helped wheat crops on the eastern side where we’ve been able to plant on time and get the crops up and going.
“Out west where they had to plant a little bit later they are probably still going to need another fall in September or October.”
He said the recent falls could finish the season for many growers.
“A rain event like that is probably worth millions to the community, the town and the growers, it gets employment going at silos and more people needed at harvest time.”