Much has been made of record-breaking rainfalls across Western Australia's Kimberley region this summer, with some towns receiving more than their annual average in a single day.
But pastoralists to the south-west are dealing with a wholly different story, as a crippling multi-year drought takes its toll.
Along an 80 kilometre-wide coastal strip between Exmouth and Kalbarri, 15 pastoral stations have been affected, with some reporting no meaningful rainfall in three years.
Local stock agent Craig Walker said pastoralists in the region had been forced to de-stock their cattle, sheep and goats — and in extreme cases destroy stock — as they struggled to supply adequate feed.
"People breeding cattle have been getting rid of anything they can sell, and that includes their best breeding stock," Mr Walker said.
"Sheep numbers have been decimated … there's properties there that would run maybe 20,000 sheep and they are down to about 1,500, which is almost below the cost of production.
"It's also usually our premier goat breeding facility for domestic and export markets and numbers have been hit hard there."
Mr Walker described it as an incredibly trying time for his clients.
"It's hard for these guys walking out the door each day to dust," Mr Walker said.
"These people really do love their animals and they are really mindful of the welfare, and they are struggling emotionally to see any animal suffering.
"Unfortunately there have been some animals destroyed humanely, but it breaks your heart to go and see it.
"These guys are really hurting emotionally and mentally and they are feeling the pinch as well."
Pastoralists turn to drought plans
Mia Mia Station's Jim Dorrell told the ABC's Country Hour program he had not had any rainfall in 13 months.
He said he had been implementing his drought plan for the station and de-stocking his herds.
"We've got our critical dates, and if it doesn't rain by a said date, then we weigh everything up with our feed on hand and make those decisions," Mr Dorrell said.
"So we'll just keep chipping away at the herd, and there is a bit of freshly burnt country where we can start pushing the cattle out to feed on native grasses in the meantime."
Mr Dorrell said it was important for pastoralists in the region to support each other.
"For mental health, you can talk to other people and see what's going on," he said.
"We've got social media and all that, but meeting up with other people face to face … they are easy to talk to … and it makes it not so hard."
When cyclones don't come your way
The Bureau of Meteorology's Glenn Cook said the Gascoyne coast was a drier part of the state, but that had been compounded by a string of poor years for rainfall.
"The area there over the last 12 to 24 months, in terms of its dryness, is probably as dry as anywhere in Australia, apart from perhaps the Simpson Desert," he said.
Mr Cook said the past 12 months alone had seen a lack of tropical activity during the summer wet season, along with low winter rainfall.
"All the low pressure systems and tropical cyclones moved through the Kimberley or east Pilbara region and none of them have moved further west," he said.
"And those west coast regions tend to get cold fronts during winter, but last winter was very poor."
Mr Cook said the western part of the region typically missed out on a lot of thunderstorm systems, because it sat on the wrong side of a trough.
"The trough tends to be inland and the storms develop to the east of it," he said.
Carnarvon Airport has had about half their average rainfall in each of the past two years, following on from a number of below average years.
The last time the airport reported an above-average year for rainfall was back in 2011.ABC