Rain, hail and then shine

Drivers negotiate the slush in the aftermath of hail coming down in Tumut Wednesday.

The expected blast of wintry weather swept Tumut and its surrounds this week, with low temperatures, rain and hail making their presence felt.

Cold upper level temperatures moved over the state, dumping snow on alpine areas including ski resorts, much to the delight of skiers.

Tumut agronomist Nathan Ferguson measured 40mm of rain this week.

At the Batlow Post Office, 28mm was measured, and Cris Piper measured 40mm at Adelong.

Mr Ferguson said the weather was very good for pasture and animals in sheltered paddocks, and that the hail that Tumut received would not have done any damage.

“There was no shredding of leaves at my place,” he said.

He said that the hail may slow some pasture growth due to the reduction of soil temperature, but that the rain was “perfect”.

“We certainly needed it; everything was drying out again,” he said.

“We had gone back into one of those cycles of high pressure driving cold fronts south, so it was good to see June break that cycle.”

He believes the outlook for pasture growth looks good as we go further into winter.

“It’s not going to dry out,” he said.

“The soil profile will continue fill and be ready for spring.”

Despite this week’s downpours, Tumut SES only had one job, and that was tarping a roof in Herbert Street on Wednesday afternoon.