So far from yesterday morning to 1pm we've had 265mm which is around 10.5 inches. And it's still going. Fortunately so far with little to no wind.
The frogs are still at it - since dark last night the Gracefuls, Greens and Striped Marsh have been singing together. Quite a cacophony! We love it! Used to have Ornate Burrowing frogs too but haven't heard them this season. 'Up the back' over our fence is a small patch of degraded bushland with some mature gums and mixed understory. There's a soak there which attracts frogs and no doubt toads since we've a few of them too. And I guess that's where they breed. The Striped Marsh breed in our bathtub frogpond.
It's a wonderful day for us here, the rain we needed and still coming, the groan, croak and pop of the frogs to keep company with the rain. And the rain is lying on the ground hopefully slowly soaking into what must have been quite compacted soil under what we laughingly-describe as 'lawn'.
The rain gauge, a domestic version of a professional design, made in Australia no less, takes 25mm (1 inch) in the central column then around 200mm in the outside cylinder.
I can see it from the back door but need to get we in order to read and empty it.
Final total for the Cyclone Marcia/tropical low: 17.25 inches (400+ mm). We should be set for the next 6-12 months with good water held in the soil.
And the Ornate Burrowing frogs are calling - a small ground-dwelling frog sometimes mistaken for a young cane toad; rarely seen. We have at least 3 calling males so let's hope there's some interested females hereabouts.
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