Hewan Gibson has the rain gauge at Warwick Bowls Club ready to collect the rain he hopes falls during the rest of 2012.
Hewan Gibson has the rain gauge at Warwick Bowls Club ready to collect the rain he hopes falls during the rest of 2012. Gerard Walsh

Those in the know predict a dry spell

TWO retired primary producers weren't too optimistic about drought-breaking rain when they looked at the clouds during yesterday's Regency Park day at the Warwick Bowls Club.

Both are members of the Warwick Bowls Club and have the chance to check Warwick CBD falls in a rain gauge on the tank at the club.

Hewan Gibson operated a family property, Hunters Hill at Cement Mills, and remembers 1956 when Inglewood was hit with a record flood.

"This year reminds me of 1956 and then 1957 was one of the worst years for rain," Mr Gibson said.

"I don't want to wish that on anyone. A year of plenty can be followed by a year of poor rainfall. I hope I am not right."

Edwin Welsh farmed for many years west of Dalveen and said he was concerned the area was getting a lot of changes and not much rain.

Again, he was hoping the season improved and the Southern Downs enjoyed a good season.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Knepp said the forecast for the week was for fine weather with normal temperatures.

"There were a few showers around on Sunday afternoon but with no more than 1mm or 2mm of rain," Mr Knepp said.

"It should be a normal stretch of weather."

Minimum temperatures are expected to be in the low teens (degrees) and maximums in the mid 20s.

"The lowest may be nine degrees in the mornings at Applethorpe or Stanthorpe."

For primary producers looking for rain to finish off a winter grain crop or boost oats growth for cattle, the forecast is not positive.

Mr Knepp said the next change would be late this week.

 

Forecast

  • Few clouds but fine
  • Normal temperatures
  • Winds light to moderate from east to north-east


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