More Than A Month's Worth Of Rain Has Fallen Over Parts Of Australia
After weeks of not seeing a drop, parts of Australia have been drenched with rain after a massive storm rolled through.
Firefighters and drought affected farmers have been praying for this moment ever since the forecast was made and the heavens have certainly opened up.
According to Sky News, a month's worth of rain fell over Melbourne over a few hours and the storm is now heading up through New South Wales.
The hit & miss nature of #thunderstorms means it's difficult to forecast exactly where the heaviest rain will be-some parts of #bushfire & #drought affected eastern Australia could see 50-100 mm over the next few days; while others may see very little https://t.co/T7MYuIdxkO pic.twitter.com/zgmiBmqcIG- Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) 15 January 2020
People in Victoria reported hailstones as big as 20c pieces along with rain so heavy that it caused mild flooding in some areas.
It was a welcome change for Melburnians, as the rain washed away a lot of the hazardous smoke haze that had been hanging around the city for several days. More than 70mms was dropped over St Albans, in Melbourne's west, in just an hour.
The Daily Mail reports the storm has been a massive win for firefighters, helping extinguish 32 bushfires in New South Wales.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts between 20 and 40mms will fall in farming territory, which will be a welcome reprieve from the horror drought conditions they've been experiencing for months.
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Sadly though, it doesn't look like it'll be enough to break the drought for many.
There are some fears that the massive deluge, particularly, in bushfire affected areas, will do more harm than good.
While they have helped put out blazes across New South Wales, concerns are rising that the water will wash away all the topsoil and ash into our water systems.
The NSW Rural Fire Service says work is underway to ensure all the proper filtration systems are in order to prevent that from happening.
BOM meteorologist Gabrielle Woodhouse said: "We are looking at a couple of days in a row of some showers and thunderstorms, some of which may produce significant accumulation over those couple of days.
"It will be quite welcome but there are some extra dangers and risks associated with it as the landscape is quite vulnerable with the fire damage. We've lost a lot of vegetations and there is the risk of landslips."
While the rain might inconveinence some people, it's massively welcome for others.
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