Weather: Thunderstorms see rain gauges rise above monthly averages

ELECTRIC: Thunder and lightning struck across the region on Friday before the rain began falling. Photo: DAVID ABERNETHY

ELECTRIC: Thunder and lightning struck across the region on Friday before the rain began falling. Photo: DAVID ABERNETHY

A MONTH’S worth of rain has already been recorded in some Central West locations and it’s only 11 days into February.

Widespread thunderstorms on Friday left a deluge of rain in some places, while others received just enough to dampen the dust.

The wettest locations during the past three days were Bathurst, Forbes, Oberon and Orange with rain gauges quickly filling up during the storm.

Oberon received the most rain during the three-day period, with 60.6 millimetres recorded.

Orange was not too far behind with 53.0mm, while Bathurst received 43.0mm and in Forbes 37.6mm was received.

Good rainfall was also received in Nyngan (22.2mm), Wellington ( 21.2mm), Dubbo (18.2mm), Cowra (11.4mm).

Other locations also received some rain, including: Mudgee (9.2mm), Grenfell (8.4mm), Lithgow (6.4mm), Young (5.4mm) and Parkes (3.6mm)

Thanks to this rain, three locations have already exceeded the long-term rainfall for February, including Young with 88.0mm recorded which is well above the monthly average of 42.9mm.

Rainfall in Forbes has exceed February averages with 84.4mm received, which is will above the usual monthly total of 46.8mm.

While Oberon has had a wetter February that usual with 64.8mm of rain, this is above the average of 60.8mm.