STEADY soaking rain fell across the Monaro on Monday and Tuesday bringing the spring break farmers have been praying for.
Cooma received a welcome 26 mm of rain over the two days, while Perisher recorded 46mm.
Up the road, Canberra received 58 millimetres of rain, and Tuggeranong recorded 74mm, the most rain which has fallen there in one day since March last year.
Atmospheric moisture returning as winds finally shifted from dry westerly to more humid easterly and northerly and this wind shift coincided with increasing instability.
The slow-moving low pressure system crossed the region, delivering the widespread rain falling west of the ranges and in the south.
The average rainfall for autumn in Cooma is 126.7 but only 43 mm of rain fell this autumn, in the lead up to winter, making for bare paddocks and very little feed for livestock.
There was good above average rain in June, with winter figures totalling 111 mm.