Rain blessing for farmers


Things are looking up for farmers in Hawke's Bay, with ranfall in some areas now likely to be the first above monthly average since August last year.

As some other parts of the North Island endured weekend flooding and tornadoes, rain was recorded in most parts of the Bay.

While figures for rural areas most affected by the drought were not available last night, MetService figures showed rain had been recored on 10 days in Hastings this month, providing about 80mm. The historic average April rainfall for Hastings is 87mm.

Te Aute farmer Bob Bruce had recorded 27mm from Thursday to Saturday, and said: "We're greening quite nicely, and the sheep grass is well up."

Rain had fallen on 9 days in Napier, the total now being just short of the city's April average of 68mm.

A return to fine and sunny weather was being forecast for midweek, but while wanting more rain, were not seeking anything in the order of the biggest April rainfall of recent years, a storm caused major damage in the eastern coastal and inland districts around Nuhaka and Mahia and south of Cape Kidnappers at the end of April 2011.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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