The usually dry and dusty paddocks of south-west Queensland have been transformed after long-awaited rain drenched the region last month.
For some, it was the wettest November in 10 or more years.
Wendy Sheehan from Trinidad station, north-west of Quilpie, says the 100-plus millimetres that have fallen across the property since November has been “lovely”.
“I can’t remember the last time we had such an early start,” Mrs Sheehan said.
The Quilpie Shire has been fully drought-declared since 2013.
A nearby station, Goombie, has been a monitoring station for the Bureau of Meteorology since 1925.
In the past 21 years, the only year that’s had a wetter November at Goombie is 2010 when 146.6mm was recorded.
Consistent follow-up rain is key for good pasture growth, particularly when the rainfall can be variable and patchy.
Luckily, Mrs Sheehan says, there was enough follow up for the rain to make a good difference.
“Storm rain is very variable,” she said.
“But in general we’ve had useful rain right across the place. There have been a few falls through November. It’s all starting to meet up.”
With the La Niña declaration in mind, Mrs Sheehan says more follow up rain is needed to get a good kickstart to the season and ensure the growth from this rain survives.
“We’re always looking for the next bit of rain because it’s only as good as the next rainfall.
“At the moment, the temperatures have been good. Hopefully the rain keeps coming out here.”
Along with the rain, Mrs Sheehan says some welcome and not so welcome guests have arrived at Trinidad.
“It’s good for the dung beetles,” she said.