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Where the farm rain gauge gives a red dirt reading

It's a windy afternoon when Kate Stokes walks out her farmhouse door and heads for the official rain gauge at the back of the house.

It’s an absurd routine. She knows there’s no water in it. But it’s interesting sometimes to see how much red dirt pours out.

  • Tracey Ferrier
  • Brisbane Times

“It’s good to be optimistic but it just won’t rain. We can’t sustain anything,” the young mum says from her family’s Mulga Downs property, seven hours west of Brisbane.

So far this year, the gauge has caught just 36 millimetres. To put that in perspective, the figure was 147 millimetres for the whole of last year when the…

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