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Dust follows heavy rain

Friday, 27th November, 2009

The recent run of unpredictable weather continued yesterday with showers followed by yet another dust storm.

The city received 18.8mm of rain in the early hours of the morning before a combination of rain (0.4mm) and dust hit in the afternoon. Other centres around the region also recorded good falls, with White Cliffs (42mm) Tibooburra (34mm) and Wilcannia (36mm) experiencing their heaviest rainfall in years. "A band of thunderstorms crossed northwestern NSW this morning with a trough of low pressure bringing the heaviest rain in years to the region," said The Weather Channels' Senior Meteorologist Dick Whitaker. "Over the next four days further significant falls of 25 to 50mm are expected over much of western NSW." The rain follows a wet weekend that saw 1200 megalitres of water flow into Umberumberka reservoir. Falls in the last 24 hours have added 700 megalitres at Stephens Creek, and 20 megalitres to the Imperial Lakes. Country Water manager Water Travis Nadge said the intake was a welcome boost to the city's water supplies. "It should add at least two to three months' worth of water to our overall supplies," he said. "We've still got over 18 months' supply coming out of Menindee, but any intake into the reservoirs is always good news."

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