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Astronomy sees rain

Friday, 7th February, 2020

Travis and Linda Nadge with their rain gauge that recorded 12 millimetres from the unexpected downpour at Outback Astronomy yesterday. PICTURE: Myles Burt Travis and Linda Nadge with their rain gauge that recorded 12 millimetres from the unexpected downpour at Outback Astronomy yesterday. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

While Broken Hill stayed dry, Travis and Linda Nadge were yesterday afternoon celebrating a quick drenching at their Outback Astronomy just a few kilometres from town.

The couple were renovating their new outdoor cafe when Travis noticed a huge dark cloud forming on the horizon. Both assumed some station owner nearby was about to get lucky with the weather.

Then, they said, the rain began to pour out of nowhere.

“It didn’t even look like it was going to rain from that cloud but then you could just see it starting to darken and then it just came straight in,” Travis said.

He and Linda are now hoping for more, given the forecast for wet weather in the coming days. 

“I hope we get a little more, because the ground needs it,” Linda said.

They said the sharp burst of rain was the first decent drop they’d had in more than three years at Outback Astonomy, five kilometres east of the city on the Sydney road.

Linda said she didn’t mind the rain clouds hanging around, even though they blocked out the clear night sky that the business relied upon. 

Kangaroos and a flock of cockatoos that have taken up residence in a large gum tree in the backyard would also be very happy, she said.

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