STORMS BREWING: Will we have a wet summer?
STORMS BREWING: Will we have a wet summer? Barclay White

South Burnett farmers praying for strong, heavy rain

SOUTH Burnett farmers are hoping for good falls after Bureau of Meteorology forecasts predicted very high chances of rain and thunderstorms throughout the week.

A 90% chance of rain is forecast for today and tomorrow, falling to 60% later in the week.

Cattle farmer Bill Steffensen said he already had some good drops at his Goodger property.

"The little bit we've had has been a very good start," Mr Steffensen said.

"It's a lot better than it was this time last year."

But rainfall had been inconsistent across the region, with some properties drenched and others left dry.

"It's been very patchy. Here we had 14mms and 2km away a neighbour had 25mms," he said.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Paech said the scheduled storms would be localised to specific areas.

"With any thunderstorm, the activity is isolated. Some people will get a good drenching and some will miss out," Mr Paech said.

He said there was even a slight chance of some hail falling today.

"That is a possible outcome, and we could have some good falls of rain," he said.

The stormy weather was caused by an unstable air mass over the Burnett.

"We have a mixture of weak upper troughs and a surface trough that is lingering west of the Burnett," Mr Paech said.

South Burnett

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