EVERY DROP COUNTS: Lyn Walters at Green Pigeon measures rainfall for BOM and the RREE. BOTTOM RIGHT: Little Lynette, aged 4, holding a hailstone in Kyogle in October, 1951.
EVERY DROP COUNTS: Lyn Walters at Green Pigeon measures rainfall for BOM and the RREE. BOTTOM RIGHT: Little Lynette, aged 4, holding a hailstone in Kyogle in October, 1951. Susanna Freymark

Counting raindrops in paradise

LYN WALTERS and husband Vic have created a slice of paradise on their property nestled under a mountain at Green Pigeon.

Lyn knows every whisper of wind, where the sun rises and sets and she counts every drop of rain.

Years ago, her arthritic knee would ache when rain was coming. These days, as a voluntary rainfall observer, she relies on an automatic rain collecting device from the Bureau of Meteorology and has a manual measurement container as back-up.

She is methodical and takes her daily rain measurements seriously.

Every millimetre makes a difference.

"I couldn't live with myself if I didn't do it,” she said.

The Walters' property has a 210m elevation and Lyn's rainfall measurements are sent to BOM every 24 hours.

"It used to be by phone but now it is through the iPad.”

Lyn Walters at Green Pigeon measures rainfall for BOM and the RREE.
Lyn Walters at Green Pigeon measures rainfall for BOM and the RREE. Susanna Freymark

When Lyn was five, her family left Upper Burringbar for Green Pigeon.

At 11, she spied her future husband walking along Green Pigeon Rd. Ten grandchildren and a 50th wedding anniversary later, the secret to a good life was love, Lyn said.

At almost 70, Lyn has an infectious enthusiasm for life and especially for nature.

When the previous rain collector, also a Mrs Walters, wanted to retire she asked a "thrilled” Lyn if she would take over.

Since 1980, Lyn has measured the rain at 9am every day.

In 2008, Lyn knew the flood in Kyogle was going to be a big one.

"There was heavy rain and storms out here.

"The creek was over the bridge and I thought, it's going to hit Kyogle, we've got to get people out.”

The authorities were alerted and disaster was averted.

The automatic rain gauge.
The automatic rain gauge. Susanna Freymark


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