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POLL: Is this rain a drought breaker?

Heavy rain has fallen across many northern and western parts of New Zealand this weekend and we want to know if what has fallen so far has been a droughter breaker or not.

We’d ideally like to hear from those of you in the farming and rural communities who are immediately impacted by the current droughts/dry spells.

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sarah on 19/12/2010 7:36am

Absolutely none in central southland, I lie, maybe half a mil! We so need it now too – do you see any substantial rain in the forecast over the next 10 days?

Jed on 19/12/2010 5:47am

second those comment by Rein, while this rain has been wonderful(as at Sunday 19th at 4pm, 100 mm recorded at Poroti, Whangarei) if the weather reverts back to what we had previously, by the 20th of Jan we will be back where we were last week, to be a real drought breaker, we need follow up rain

Rein Zeilstra on 19/12/2010 2:13am

I remember back in the late 70’s of a dry spell on the Coromandel East Coast that started early Nov with no rain till late in April except for a downpour of 5″ around 10th Jan. That rain was followed by strong hot windy weather and had absolutely no beneficial effect on grass growth. In fact it made things worse. We dried cows off early Feb that year as no real amount of silage was made due to the earlly onset of drought.
So this present rain will need to be followed by more in 2-3 weeks time max; which may happen as continued Australia wet fronts may make their way across the Tasman.

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