Damp start to 2022 flows on from record rainfall

Storm clouds as they moved over Cowra earlier this month.

Storm clouds as they moved over Cowra earlier this month.

Cowra has enjoyed a damp start to 2022 with the rain gauge already recording an above average total for the month.

75mm has already been recorded for the year with a new highest daily rainfall total of 44.8mm recorded on January 8.

This has flowed on from record breaking rainfall the region received in November and in total for the Spring season just gone.

The Cowra Ag Research Station recorded a whopping 206.7mm of rainfall in November of 2021, surpassing the previous record of 160.9mm set in 1961 by 45.8mm.

For the spring season, the Station also recorded 358.4mm, an increase on the 339.4mm record of 1924 by 19mm.

Overall, Bureau of Meteorology records show Cowra received 1015mm of rain in 2021 and while nowhere the wettest year on record, it was up there, being the sixth wettest in the 117 years of recorded data.

With all the rain throughout 2021, Wyangala Dam reached 100 per cent of its capacity in August after dipping to lows of eight per cent less than 18 months earlier.

It resulted in major flooding for Cowra and communities further down the Lachlan, with Forbes and surrounds suffering major impacts on winter crops as the flood peak came on the eve of harvest.

The rest of the season looks to be around average with the BOM's outlooks for February giving Cowra equal chances of above or below median rainfall and temperature.

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