Hopes forming for more rain

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Hopes for more rainfall hang in the balance with a monsoonal trough developing in the north.

Bureau of Meteorology Senior Liaison Officer, Jeff Sabburg, says that current models are predicting average rainfall in Central and West Queensland over the coming weeks, but the chance of a tropical cyclone coupled with the break down of El Nino could bring further storms.

“What happens with a possible tropical low or tropical cyclones coming through we’ve seen good rainfall come about from those,” he says.

Many areas received record rainfalls when major storms hit the Central West last week.

Julia Creek received 104mm of rain on March 11, breaking the previous record of 67.6mm in 2012.

“A trough [formed] near the north tropical coast and also an upper trough trapping in very moist air in the lower levels to produce showers, rain and thunderstorms,” says Mr Sabburg.

The drenching rain was welcomed by drought stricken communities right across the Central West, but farmers are still holding out for another drop.

More updates from the Bureau of Meteorology will be available next week.