Marginal Country in Lake Eyre Basin
You can all give thanks to Jan Adermann for this post LOL
Tis really not a poem as such, but words strung together in a poem like fashion.
I found all my poems, written many moons ago, and no doubt stored away in an external drive that could possibly not be compatible with Mac.
But this piece of writing I did find.
Our home, our country, our life, our place
We’re proud, honoured, humbled.
What joins us, like one, to this priceless place?
Without it, both, land and us, would certainly die: water
Water makes our home the precious land it is.
Makes splendorous endless horizons, magnificent colours, the trees grow old.
It shapes the land and weathers rock.
Gives us the seasons, wet or dry, makes us strong and offers us hope.
When years plunge into gruelling drought, the reason? No water.
Our lives revolve around the weather; eyes search the skies hoping, for clouds to bring us water.
Our bodies weak, our demeanour low because there is no water, to soak the land and grow the feed.
To fill the tanks to make the creeks flow so wildlife again will visit, all because of water.
When rain pours down across the land, all worries gone.
Faces beam as the water streams from downpipes not long ago filled with dust.
It’s enough to make a grown man cry, the sound of water pouring off the roof. A mother smiles with moistened eyes and children in the mud will play.
As every body’s worries, the weight that burden shoulders lifted, get washed away with all the dust that had settled on the land, our life and home.
When the year is lush and grass plentiful, the wet arrived and raised the water table.
Rinsed the vegetation, granted new life to all that breathes the air.,
Given us strength and reason to live again, all because of water.
Lives relaxed, ease of heart and soul at seeing the paddock full of feed, stock content in shade of trees, at edge of waterhole.
We never take for granted this precious resource which our lives solely depend on. Thankful every day for the made man windmills that pump our life’s blood from the artesian basin, which makes existence in this home of ours possible.
Ann Britton 14 September 2004
The photo is of the Hamilton Channels, on the Kennedy Development Road, eastern side of the Old Hamilton Hotel Ruins. Taken from a chopper ride, I took in March 2018.
In March 2018 the flood was from rain further north, we didn’t receive any beneficial rain.
This water benefitted Mudgeacca, it is the reason we could keep our main herd this year. As the crow flies, Mudgeacca would be over 100kms from where this water first started….where the rain fell.
The 9mile and 5mile, part of the Burke River system, that runs through Mudgeacca came from Dajarra rain.
You can see by this map, both lots of water come from the Selwyn Range. The Burke River from Dajarra run straight pass Boulia. The Hamilton is 80km to the east of Boulia.
Goodwood gets the 5mile and 9mile water, we are on the Burke system. (If the Burke runs big enough) Mudgeacca gets the Hamilton water if there is enough rain at the head of river.
Goodwood is about 10km south south-east of Boulia. Mudgeacca is a further 10km from Goodwood.
Our rainfall over the last 11 years.
I talk about marginal country a fair bit. #Rangelands
You may ask what that means.
It means that we aren’t used to rain annually. We hope, we will it, we would love it, but it is not a guaranteed happening.
I thought I would explain a little more.
We work on a 10-year rain pattern, for what of a better explanation.
1 in 10 years can be an outstanding year
2-3 above average
2-3 average which is usually 9.5inches 950pts 237.5mm
so that leaves 3-5 years with little or no rain. (or rain that truly isn’t of any use to the land)
We rarely have winter rain. We hope for early storms in November and a general wet, December through to March, maybe even April. We do get rather warm summers too.
Let us take the last ten years and making 2018 the 11th year
2008 168pts 42mm in five falls. One fall in January and four falls in December.
2009 1351pts 337.75mm. 21 days of rain in the months of January, February, November and December
2010 1460pts 365mm. 38 days of rain, it rained in every month but June.
2011 1780pts 445mm 29 days of rain in 6 months of the year.
2012 1080pts 270.5mm 14 days of rain in seven months of the year
2013 212pts 53mm 11 days rain five months of the year. To be honest, the way the rain fell it would have been no benefit at all, only for the lawn & to remind us it can rain.
2014 456pts 114mm 13 days rain in 4 months of the year. Again the way it fell would have only helped the lawn again especially with 2013 being such a dry year.
2015 160pts 40mm this rain all fell in January on 7 days.
From the 16 of January 2015 to 4 January 2016 we did not receive a drop of rain.
On the 4 January 2016 after no rain for so long we received 12pts 3mm. But it turned out to be an above average year
2016 1792pts 448mm 32 days of rain. Rain fell in every month except April and November.
2017 324pts 81mm 8 days of rain in two months during the year. 7 days in January and one day in July. 10th July we received 48pts 12mm the next rain we received after that was 1 March 2018 when we got 20pts 5mm.
2018 176pts 44mm March falling over 6 days. 80pts 20mm over 2 days in June. That rain has basically done nothing given the 2017 rain.
Yesterday we received 40pts 10mm. If that is the start of the “early storms” to a wet season we will be very very happy.
But as my poetry says
“Miles and miles of rugged terrain.
But the splendour, the glory, when eventually, it rains.
Paddocks look like wheat fields when Mitchell grass turns to seed.
In the channels, we’ll have fat bullocks, with plenty of feed.
It’s all natures doing out here in the west.
Give it the right season and she’ll show you her best.”
This photo was taken on 13 June 2018 after 68pts 17mm
Had an amazing Morning Glory cloud and I couldn’t get out to photography
Our thoughts are with those in Townsville, trying to tidy up after their one in 100-year flood and still receiving 62mm of rain today.
We are blessed that our son and his family’s home didn’t get water in the house. It did come into their garage that they use as a storage room, but nothing compared to many dealing with water throughout their houses.
News from towns (Hughenden to Cloncurry) and pastoral blocks to the north of us is filtering through and our hearts are breaking for them. It is indescribable the enormity of the situation they are dealing with. My heart goes out to them. I know there are many strong communities up there and they will have each other backs but I know many outside this area are thinking of you all.
The rain started for these people on or just before the 1st February. They were rejoicing, many in drought for years, and thought the rain was just wonderful, for about the first three days. But then it continued day and night after that, with a cold strong wind. I believe Hughenden recorded another 15mm today. Water has reached heights that break the 1974 flood. Of course many stock didn’t have a chance.
I thought about putting this post up a few days ago, but with the news from our fellow beef producers and their towns in the north, I have been a bit preoccupied in my thoughts. But it makes our situation such a true blessing, we are pinching ourselves and completely grateful.
Areas 200km, as the crow flies to the north of us, have had too much rain. Areas to the south of us, not even 200km, have had hardly a drop of rain.
Many a time when we were receiving strong winds and misty rain here the sun was shining to the south, no cloud at all.
One time the sun was shining in the south windows and it was raining on the north side of the house.
We have had a total of 56mm, the last rain recorded here at Goodwood was this morning, 3mm, which was yesterday’s rain. We had sunshine today, for most of the day, you could literally see the grass grow. 80kms to the east of us, a neighbour to Lucknow, who has water under his house had drizzling rain all day. Our 5mile bore has recorded 75mm.
The Goodwood lagoon is beside the pigsty now and we are anticipating a bigger flood from water further north in the next day or two.
I have included this map below for those that are interested. Thanks to @DesertChannelsQueensland for putting this map together. I have enlarged our area section.
The edge of the map at our section is the Selwyn Range, the water on the north side goes into the Cloncurry River.
As you can see The Mort, Hamilton, and Diamantina all start at the same spot. This spot, at the head of these waters, has recorded in excess of 12inches or 300mm. The Mort flows into the Burke River. The Hamilton crosses the Boulia to Winton road about 80km to the west of Boulia. The Diamantina crosses this same road about 80km the western side of Winton, 280km away from Boulia.
The Diamantina has been over the road 3metres for the last three days.
The Hamilton has been well over 1metre for the last couple of days.
The Burke has been up to 4.8m yesterday and back down to 4.6m today.
It goes over the bridge, just outside of Boula, at 4.9m.
The Hamilton floods out at the bottom of Mudgeacca. The 9mile and 5mile flood through Mudgeacca as well as Goodwood.
The paddocks in Mudgeacca, the crew cleared out of cattle, the other day, using the chopper, are now full of water.
They are hoping that the 5mile water makes it to them tomorrow. That will cut them off from us then, they are only 12km south of us.
We are lucky also, that we have days of warning if a flood is coming. Able to talk to those up the river to find out what their water is doing and guess-imate what it may do down our end.
We are also lucky to be able to drive around and able to go and look at some water systems.
The Will River, flows into the Burke from the western side, starting up around Dajarra.
The different scenarios these water systems can have is numerous. Given the area they cover. Hence all the info around the map trying to make some sense of these.
Then the Georgina comes into this water system to the south of us, and it starts up near Camoweal, west of Mt Isa.
The rivers turn the creeks turn to rivers and all end up in Lake Eyre.
So we have received a wonderful start as far as rain goes and now we are sitting waiting for a beneficial flood to arrive.
Again, I can’t stress how very blessed we are, amazingly blessed. Basically, smack bang in the middle of the flooded and still dry country. Our thoughts are with those with too much water and those that still haven’t received any.
I have always wished people “enough” and this is the reason why.
It seems, for some reason, Mother Nature has to have the last say.
Records haven’t been around that long, really, in the age of the earth, when it comes to Australia. But you just wonder why Mother Nature does what she does?
But you also realise the weather person can only predict what Mother Nature might have in store for us.
🎶 It’s raining its sprinkler-ing
Ex-tropical Trevor is visiting 🎶
We’ll wait to see what the night and morning brings
Hopefully rain, less the strong winds that are predicted.
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Trevor rain and flood update
Same area videoed.
Just 29 hours difference.
Floods with misty cloud stopping me from flying Dame Drone could of misty visibility.
To thick dust haze & strong southerlies
1st April 2019
An amazing photo from Nasa
With an article in the link
I would like to thanks K Musser for this following image of the Lake Eyre Basin Map
So you can see the comparison with the Nasa image as well as the other maps attached to this blog.
How amazing is the flood for this magic Channel Country…. the moisture being soaked up…. as if the environment knows it maybe 10 years till next major flood
Turn left towards Boulia from Coorabulka road & you can see dirt washed away from bitumen on south side.
First causeway on Kennedy Development Road away Coorabulka Road heading to Boulia still has water trickling over it today 2 April
Peak 4.30am 29th MarchGoodwood Swamp on Boulia to Winton road, still 0.3 on northern side 2 April 2019
These causeways usually haven’t water in them for long if Goodwood swamp runs out of the Burke System.
I calculated using odometer, that the Goodwood swamp was 2km wide at the road.
The first causeway from Coorabulka road was still 0.5 Saturday afternoon which surprised #BossMan he thought it would be gone.
The following are blogs that I put together about our March 2019 rain and floods.
28 March 2019 blog
29 March 2019 blog
7 April 2019 blog
A #YouTube of drone footage and stills February Flood 2019
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