Where's the sunshine?

FARMERS are ecstatic, but the townies are keen for it to stop.

In fact even the bushies say it is time for the rain to take a spell now.

"It's extra good, my oath it couldn't be better," stock and station agent Clint Donovan said yesterday.

"But most people are ready for it to stop as long as it comes back in three weeks to freshen up the paddocks."

Coffs Harbour has been drenched with 122.2mm of rain this week, with 16.6mm measured on Wednesday, 36mm on Thursday and 69.6mm yesterday.

Summer also stayed away, with last Sunday's high temperature of 28.6?C down to a minimum of 14.4?C by Wednesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology says it is still too early to put away the brolly and blanket, although there should be a gradual improvement over the weekend with the rain likely to clear next week.

Duty observer with the BoM in Coffs Harbour, Roger Brown, said today and tomorrow should see 'longer gaps of fine weather' although the moderately fresh south-east winds and scattered showers are likely to keep weekend temperatures low.

He said an elongated trough of moistcratea tropical air extending from the Gulf of Carpentaria to central northern NSW was combining with a high pressure zone in the Tasman Sea to create the easterly air flow.

The resulting widespread rain is being welcomed on the Northern Tablelands and Moree, but is less popular on the coast.

Pat Schofield from the Promised Land said this week they had measured nine millimetres on Wednesday, followed by 48mm on Thursday and another 48mm yesterday, but although the Never Never river was 'up a bit' there was no flooding in the area.

Bellingen and Nambucca SES units all reported incident-free weeks as did Coffs Harbour, which had a busy time earlier dealing with last Friday's storm damage, which included fallen trees and branches and localised flooding.

Macksville stock and station agent Geoff Searle said they had measured 53mm to yesterday morning in the Nambucca Valley and heavy rain was still falling.



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