Rain across Goulburn and district has people breathing a little easier but it's not exactly the drought breaker for which they were hoping.
Fires are also still burning in the area though dampened somewhat by Monday's falls.
Rainfall varied from about six to more than 30mm in the region.
Tallong Park Estate received a handy 33mm, prompting resident Raelene Jones to get snapping with her camera, capturing surrounds awash with water.
Over the way, Bruce Roberston recorded 25.5mm in the village.
"It's welcome rain," he told The Post on Tuesday.
"There are little sprouts of green grass and things are looking a lot fresher. We've got a long way to go but at least we've had a good wash-out."
Mr Robertson said Tallong, like Crookwell and Taralga, also received some hail.
Further up Caoura Road, a finger of the Morton fire is still burning in national park and occasionally spotting beside the road.
RFS Southern Tablelands operations officer Lachlan Gilchrist said rain had been patchy across all firegrounds. Crews were out on Tuesday assessing its impact but he described the Tallong fall as very satisfying.
For the village that's been living with the fire threat for many weeks, Mr Robertson says the rain is lifting spirits and helping people sleep easier at night.
Meantime, Goulburn only received 6.8mm at the airport, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. It takes January's total to 24.6mm.
Taralga received 3mm, the Bureau said, but falls were believed to be higher in the district.
Near Crookwell, Kim Weir welcomed 17mm at Pinewalla Stud, a mixed sheep, prime lambs and seed potato growing property.
"It's been really good for our potato crops but there wasn't much runoff," Mr Weir said.
He was thankful for the sake of his potatoes that hail wasn't heavier. While the property received rain throughout spring, Mr Weir said dams were almost dry and water was becoming a major concern.
A Laggan resident reported 25mm, while another at Brayton registered 28mm.
At Towrang, Dennis Isbister was thankful for 17.5mm.
"We bought potable water (24,000 litres) last week and we didn't expect this," he said.
"It's the first time we've had to buy water since February, 2012. We were down to out last 1000 litres."
Mr Isbister said one dam was mud but was now one-third full.
At Bungonia, Bill Dobbie, Lumley Park, recorded 7mm in a short period. It adds to 8.5mm received last week.
"It settles the dust a bit," Mr Dobbie said.
"We hoped for a bit more but it didn't come."
Elders, Goulburn branch manager Steve Ridley reported falls of 10 to 30mm, among his clients. The latter was on Gurrundah Road where water was "running everywhere" on Monday afternoon.
"It's a bit of a start but no one is getting too excited," he said.
("But) we are getting pretty good enquiry on seed for putting in crops so people are positive about the rain. It just needs to keep coming."
While stock fodder was scarce, prices were still reasonable. Mr Ridley said water was the bigger concern, with a great deal of country rendered unusable due to low dams. Most graziers had halved stocking rates and overall, they had dropped 70 per cent on levels five years ago.
"I've never struck the water situation as bad as it is now. We have clients down the coast who have run out of water," Mr Ridley said.
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But on the upside, sheep and cattle prices had never been as strong in drought years. As such, graziers were still able to retain equity in their enterprises.
"The long-term forecast isn't good for rain but the outlook for the rural industry is, given a lot of world factors," Mr Ridley said.
"It's very strong and that's why people are trying to hang on to stock."
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