THE region pulled its gumboots on at the weekend as continued rain left its mark on paddocks, front and back yards, sporting fields and roads.
From 9am on Friday to 5pm yesterday, Armidale recorded about 34mm, Inverell 50mm, Tamworth 83.6mm and Moree 12mm.
The rain is easing, though, with showers predicted today, clearing by tomorrow with Wednesday expected to be fine.
According to The Weather Channel, there is little chance of rain on the horizon for at least a week for Tamworth and Moree and surrounds once these showers clear.
However, showers are predicted for Armidale throughout this week, with Saturday fining up for A Day on the Green at Peterson’s Winery and rain predicted for Sunday and Monday, easing to showers on Tuesday next week.
Caroona farmer Tim Duddy was happy with the rainfall, but would have preferred it a few months ago.
He has a sorghum crop in and said the nearly 100mm of rain they’d received since Friday had made a huge difference to that crop, but it was a shame it hadn’t fallen a few months earlier.
“Populations were fairly sparse in the cropping situation because it was so dry, but we would’ve had huge summer crops if we’d got this rain earlier,” Mr Duddy said.
“If it had been a little bit earlier, everyone would’ve been over the moon. Some people have a slightly earlier sorghum crop in than us, which will be a bit of a pain because of more heads, so that will delay harvest somewhat. We haven’t managed a proper flood, although we’ve got close. We wouldn’t want another fall like we’ve had, though.”
Mr Duddy said he would harvest his crop by May, if they didn’t get too much winter rain.
“This last fall has put a lot of moisture under the fallow winter paddocks, so there will be a full profile of moisture for the winter crops,” he said.
“There will be a lot of winter crops.”