The biggest rainfall event in 10 years

Kate Taylor
Published 01 Feb 2020 
about  Bon Bon Station Reserve  
Kate Taylor with a rain gauge that's overflowing.<br/> Kate Taylor with a rain gauge that's overflowing.
Before: creekline behind the homestead looking north.<br/> Before: creekline behind the homestead looking north.
After: creekline behind the homestead looking north.<br/> After: creekline behind the homestead looking north.
Before: our track out from the homestead.<br/> Before: our track out from the homestead.
After: our track, now a river.<br/> After: our track, now a river.
Clint Taylor measuring the overflow.<br/> Clint Taylor measuring the overflow.
The total was 44.8 mm of rain.<br/> The total was 44.8 mm of rain.
These ants planned ahead.<br/> These ants planned ahead.
And it looks like the raised entrance was just the right height.<br/> And it looks like the raised entrance was just the right height.

So the rains finally came at Bon Bon Station Reserve. Last night we listened to the thunderstorms go over and the rain falling on the roof, and couldn’t remember the last time we heard rain like that...

We woke up to the creek flowing behind the house and the chorus of birds chirping and FROGS croaking. All up we got 44.8mm, which is the biggest single rainfall event in the past 10 years.

With the 12mm we had in early January and this dump, we have now officially beaten last year's rainfall total already! The country needed this badly and I can’t wait to see the response from the plants and animals. Happy days for all!

Check out the difference a single day with a storm can makes in the before and after images:

  1. The first is of the creekline behind the homestead looking north.
  2. The second is our track out from the homestead, which is now a river.

It was awesome to finally see the ants' well-designed levy banks in action, which I have never seen before. It’s amazing that they got the heights just right. Isn’t nature amazing? Here are a few photos illustrating just why ants out here make raised entrances to their underground nests.

Before: creekline behind the homestead looking north.<br/> Before: creekline behind the homestead looking north.
After: creekline behind the homestead looking north.<br/> After: creekline behind the homestead looking north.
Before: our track out from the homestead.<br/> Before: our track out from the homestead.
After: our track, now a river.<br/> After: our track, now a river.
Clint Taylor measuring the overflow.<br/> Clint Taylor measuring the overflow.
The total was 44.8 mm of rain.<br/> The total was 44.8 mm of rain.
These ants planned ahead.<br/> These ants planned ahead.
And it looks like the raised entrance was just the right height.<br/> And it looks like the raised entrance was just the right height.