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Queensland ranchers rejoice amid torrential wet weather with rain forecast through December



A boy straddles a fence with red dirt on the ground and puddles after welcomed rain.

The heavy rain in Queensland continues to pay off as weather forecasters expect the rain to continue falling into the coming week.

Central parts of the state have faced a soggy midweek with widespread totals exceeding 50 millimeters in 24 hours.

Awoonga Dam, 30 kilometers west of Gladstone, recorded just over 100mm in three hours on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Brisbane experienced one of its heaviest November rains in decades, with a 142mm drop in the inner-north suburb of Eagle Farm in a 24-hour period.

No rain delay in sight

Laura Boekel, senior meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), said the big rain is the result of a very humid, deep tropical air mass pushed into the state by northern winds from as far as Indonesia.

“It doesn’t take much when the air is so humid and then we have these troughs moving through it, so because the air is ready to go, it doesn’t really take much to trigger rain and storms,” she says. said.

Ms Boekel said a trough above the central interior will move eastwards tomorrow, bringing more rain to the coast before making its way to the coast.

“It will hang off the coast and seem to be coming back next week, which is unusual, so the postponement of this rainfall will be more than a week,” she said.

For rancher Nina Hensley of Peakvale Station, 37 miles southwest of Clermont, the downpour came at just the right time.

“It just gives your mind a complete boost,” she said.

Rain a ‘game changer’ after years of drought

Mrs Hensley fell 65mm from the rain gauge on her property yesterday morning.

She said it was difficult to get an accurate reading because it continued to rain.

Two cattle walk in deep mud in a flooded paddock near Richmond in northwestern Queensland.
Days of rain ensure that livestock can be rebuilt after years of drought.(Delivered)

“This rain means safety for the livestock. It means that after three fairly ordinary years we can look at the rebuilding of the herd,” she said.

Before watering, beef breeder Caitlyn Donaldson, whose property is about four hours west of Rockhampton, fed her polystyrene to keep them healthy.

“We haven’t had a season break or spring rain in about 10 years, so this is a bit of a game changer,” she said.

“We now have 157mm for November, so it’s a great start to the wet season and hopefully it continues.”

Flood destroys crops

But Granite Belt Growers Association president Nathan Baronio said not everyone was celebrating as the prolonged wet weather hampered certain crops.

“We grow strawberries here, which are probably our main crop and a third of our production is outdoors,” he said.

A man in a blue t-shirt and cap stands in the middle of rows of strawberries, holding a strawberry.
Nathan Baronio says the torrential rain has damaged crops.(ABC news: Nathan Morris)

He said cherry growers and stone fruit growers would also be in pain.

“To be honest I don’t think a lot of people would be happy with the amount of rain we’ve had – it would be very difficult if you’re harvesting and it would be extremely difficult if you’re in the vegetable game,” he said.

Mr Baronio said that rain was essential, but crops also need sunshine to bloom and that has been scarce lately.

“You don’t want extremes, you want a good balance,” he said.

“While we like to have full dams, we also need sunshine because things get better when you get a lot of light and at the moment it’s just cloudy every day.”

BOM meteorologist Laura Boekel said the Sunshine State would remain soggy until December.

“We have our seven-day forecast and there is no clear day delay for the entire state of Queensland on that,” she said.



Man receives double win after accidentally playing the same numbers twice in lottery




Man receives double win after accidentally playing the same numbers twice in lottery

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (Gray News) — An accidental double purchase turned out to be a blessing for a man in North Carolina.

Scotty Thomas bought two identical Lucky for Life raffle tickets in Saturday’s drawing, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

“I was just in bed watching a basketball game on TV and couldn’t remember if I had filled it in or not,” said Thomas, a 49-year-old dump truck driver. “I went ahead and re-entered it and the next morning my son asked why there were two different amounts. I realized, ‘I think I filled it in twice.’”

Turns out that “mistake” turned into double wins.

Thomas received two emails notifying him of each winning ticket.

“When I realized I had won, I had to lie down on the floor because I really couldn’t believe it,” said Thomas. “It’s just a blessing.”

He was faced with several options to collect his winnings when he arrived at the lottery headquarters on Monday.

Thomas was able to take both prizes as an annuity and receive $50,000 each year for the rest of his life.

He could get a prize of $25,000 a year for the rest of his life; and the second as a lump sum of $390,000.

Or he can take both as flat-rate prizes, a total of $780,000.

According to the NCEL, Thomas decided to pay both prices at once so that he could invest in his business, pay some bills, help his family and possibly buy a house.

In the end, he took home $551,851 after required federal and state tax withholdings.

Lucky for Life is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option to purchase their tickets through Online Play, either through the lottery website or with the official NC Lottery mobile app.

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Why do tires deflate in cold weather?




Why do tires deflate in cold weather?

It has happened to many of us. As soon as you start the engine, the “low tire pressure” light will come on. But have you ever noticed that it happens more in the winter?

As the temperature drops, especially with arctic air, the pressure in the tire decreases. About 1-2 PSI per 10 degree drop. PSI stands for pounds per square inch. As the temperature outside gets warmer, you have more pressure on your tires.

When it comes to cold weather, individual gas molecules in the enclosed tired can have less energy at lower temperatures. Less energy means that the molecules move less. This means less pressure on the tire walls. The tire may therefore deflate slightly.

The opposite is true at warmer temperatures. There is more energy in the gas molecules. They move freely and exert pressure on the walls of the tire.

Knowing this, it’s no surprise that you may have noticed the low air pressure light in your car in this latest arctic air outbreak. It doesn’t always mean you need more air, just that your tires may need to be checked.

Here are some more winter tips that might help you: If your locks are frozen, cover your key with a little hand sanitizer, the alcohol will help melt the ice in the lock. Keep cat litter in your trunk. It can be used as traction for your tires if you get stuck. Putting some kitty litter in a pair of socks and leaving it in your car can help absorb the moisture in the air that can fog up your windows. Speaking of fog, a great way to get rid of it is to use a chalkboard eraser. Also, do not leave liquids in your car overnight. It can aid in the development of fog.

We must not forget the winter survival kit. No matter how new or running well your car is, you can still get stuck. Provide batteries and a flashlight, cell phone charger, blankets, water, and non-perishable snacks. If you are traveling in the winter, it is best to let someone know where you are going and how long it will take to get there. Sometimes friendly phone tracking apps can also provide peace of mind.

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Australia vs England 1st Day of Testing 2 Live Scores




Australia vs England 1st Day of Testing 2 Live Scores

Ashes, Australia – England live scores© AFP

Australia vs England, Ashes 1st day of testing 2 Live:After Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc raced through the England batting lineup, knocking them out on Day 1 for a paltry 147 in just 50.1 overs, all eyes will be on David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith on Day 2 in Brisbane. Can the Australian batters drive home the advantage and beat England in the first Test game? Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson and Ben Stokes will probably have different ideas. They would hope the Gabba field comes to their rescue, just as it did when Australia was bowling. England must strike early on the second day and not allow Australia to start. After the final session of Day 1 was washed away by rain, both teams hoped for clear weather to get things started. (FULL SCORED CARD)

play XIs

England: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Jack Leach

Australia: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey(wk), Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Follow Aus vs Eng 1st Test Day 2 live here

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