Cobar has recorded its best single day rainfall figures in years as 52.8mm of rain (over two inches in the old scale) was recorded in around 24 hours. The big wet surprised a few locals as it kept up all day Monday and, while it’s not exactly drought-breaking, it did give gardens and lawns a good soaking and provided much needed inflows to the Newey. Prior to Monday not a single drop of rain had been recorded during April, with the total for the year sitting at just 54.8mm, before this week’s fall effectively doubled the total. Cobar had some of the most rain for the whole district.

With the chance of just 1-5mm of rain initially forecast for Easter Monday, it was definitely a nice surprise for many locals to see just over 50mm recorded in town.

The rain was widespread with a number of properties around the Cobar Shire recording good falls, including Vanessa and Dudley Reschke’s Boulkra Station (approximately 100 km west of Cobar), which recorded just over 100mm, or four inches in the old scale.

“Some tanks that have been dry for a year are now full,” Mrs Reschke said.

“This year we’ve had close to seven inches in three rain events which is twice as much as all of last year.

“This current rain is soaking and slower so hopefully with the ground still warm it will grow some seed,” Mrs Reschke said.

Other good rain was recorded at Etiwanda (35mm) and Manuka (45mm), south of Cobar.

Etiwanda’s Megan Mosely said before the rain the house tanks were empty but are now three quarters full.

Asked by The Weekly when was the last good rain, Mrs Mosely said she couldn’t remember.

“It was too long ago, maybe eight to 12 months!”

Properties to the east of Cobar weren’t as lucky but did receive some rain.

Kevin Mitchell of Florida Station, Canbelego, recorded 12mm.

“It was good soaking rain though.

“We had 30mm about a month ago which filled the tanks,” Mr Mitchell said.

The Darling River also got a good fill up with 75mm recorded at Gunderbooka Station between Louth and Bourke and 40mm recorded at Tilpa.

Cobar Shire Councillor Peter Maxwell, whose property is about 50kms north of Euabalong, missed out on the big rain.

“We received 6mm of patchy rain, three inches for the year and our tanks are full.

We’ve been a lot more fortunate than those west of us,” Mr Maxwell said.