“This is perfect, it’s not too much to flood, but enough to get a green peck and the feed up,” he said.
“Everyone is in a happy mood now, but last week everyone was saying: ‘Is it ever going to rain?'”
“But we need follow-up rain, once the feed gets up it could go back to 30-40 degrees and burn the feed off again, so we need follow-up rain to keep it going.”
Mr Johns said the wet weather arrived on Tuesday night with isolated storms, which was followed by more storms on Wednesday and continued rain overnight and into Thursday morning.
Blackall leads the state for 24-hour rainfall totals, having recorded 78 millimetres, while central Queensland towns Echo Hills and Duneira received 69 millimetres.
Meteorologist Dean Narramore said the state’s central-west, Maranoa and Channel Country regions were expected to receive isolated falls of up to 50 millimetres in the coming days.
“We’re in for another round of potentially severe storms in the central interior today, similar to yesterday with damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain possible,” he said on Thursday.
“This should clear on Friday and Saturday before a new surface trough reaches south-west Queensland on Saturday night and into Sunday, bringing another band of showers and storms.
“This should move through Queensland on Sunday and Monday and be gone by Tuesday.
“For south-east Queensland, showers will come in off the ocean on Saturday, but they will be very hit and miss and be generally light and brief.”
Meteorologist Jess Gardner said on Wednesday the significant rainfall totals in drought-ravaged parts of the state were “really welcome falls”.
“We’ve got an upper trough system over that central region, we’ve got a lot of moisture streaming in from the east and pushing up against that surface trough that’s pretty far out west,” she said.
“All of that is the perfect ingredients for this rainfall. We’re seeing some instability from the upper system, which is bringing thunderstorms, and the upper system is also bringing widespread rainfall.
“The system will start to ease off through tomorrow [Thursday] and we will start to see the rainfall finish up on Friday.
“But we’ve got another system coming through at the weekend, so we could see more on the weekend and into next week.
“At this stage, it’s looking like that [second system] won’t be as much of a significant system as this one, but fingers crossed it will bring more rainfall to those people who need it.”
Toby Crockford is a breaking news reporter at the Brisbane Times