Gippsland sees the best of weekend rain

Full dams and good grass growth topped up by weekend rain

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GO AWAY: Enough already! Stony Creek dairy farmer Doug Hanks says the weekend rain further saturated already sodden soil. The west Gippsland ranges did best out of a series of cold fronts, which passed over the state.

GO AWAY: Enough already! Stony Creek dairy farmer Doug Hanks says the weekend rain further saturated already sodden soil. The west Gippsland ranges did best out of a series of cold fronts, which passed over the state.

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Cold fronts bring more rain to soaked Gippsland.

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Stony Creek dairy farmer Doug Hanks says more heavy rain on the weekend rain topped up already soaked soil on his property.

Gippsland had the best of the rainfall, from a series of cold fronts which passed across the state.

"This is south Gippsland, rain doesn't mean much to us in winter," Mr Hanks said.

"If it didn't rain again until September, I'd be a very happy man."

He measured 54 millimetres of rain over the weekend.

One property in the area has recieved 280mm in the past 10 weeks.

At Mirboo, another property has received 350mm of rain, this year.

Mr Hanks said the farm received good late summer and autumn rains, but with 100-150 millimetres of clay, on top of "coffee rock" the ground was now saturated.

Coffee rock is similar to sandstone but harder to bore through.

"The water will go through the topsoil, but gets waterlogged in the clay, as it can't soak into the rock," Mr Hanks said.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Keris Arndt said most of the good falls were in the west Gippsland ranges, the Baw Baw plateau and Mount Dandenong.

"They probably had the most consistent, highest falls, out to the Bass Coast, to Wilson's Prom, as well," Mr Arndt said.

"The north-west is still missing out, it's been very, very dry up there."

He said totals, from a series of cold fronts, were not exceptionally high.

Wilson Promentary recorded 62 millimetres, Yarragon South 57.6mm, Mount Donna Buang, 51.6mm, Balook, 47mm and Moe 43.6mm.

"There were a few bulls-eyes over that Gippsland area," Mr Arndt said.

"It was almost a new front, every day, enhancing shower activity along the south-coast, with cold conditions and snow on the ranges," he said.

Northerly winds would follow a weak cold front, on Thursday.

"Some slightly milder conditions are coming, then back to another high pressure system, after that," he said.

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