Desperately-Needed Rain Gives Farmers A 'Psychological Boost', But Won't Break Drought
Desperately-need rain has lifted spirits, boosted soil moisture and provided "huge relief" to livestock producers in some of the nations most drought-affected communities.
But, unfortunately, it's not enough to break the drought.
NSW and Queensland copped enormous downpours during the weekend, with Sydney recording its heaviest drenching in three decades.
The dampening helped filled dams, ease drought conditions and most importantly, put out bushfires.
However it also caused flash flooding, mass power outages and millions of dollars in damage.
NSW Farmers said the rainfall came as a "huge relief" for many livestock producers and boosted soil moisture.
"The psychological boost that this rain has provided is vitally important," the organisation's president James Jackson said in a statement.
"It's amazing what looking at green pastures can do for livestock and dairy farmers."
However, he said heavy rainfall on the coast was not good news for oyster farmers, with ash and sediment run-off from recent bushfires expected to affect water quality.
The rain was also hit and miss, meaning some farmers missed out on the rare downpour.
Speaking to AAP farmers Les and Laura Jones, who are based in Goolhi, near Gunnedah, said their paddocks have turned a lush green after receiving more than 60mm since Thursday.
But Les deemed it "false green" unless they get some more rain, with the Bureau of Meteorology saying it will take prolonged follow-up falls to break the drought.