AFTER sweltering through one of the hottest summers on record with below average rainfall in the Myall Coast Region, the stormy month of March has gone down as was one of the wettest in history.
Raincoats and umbrellas were essential items, with rain falling on 23 of the 31 days of the month in many parts of the region.
The Bureau of Meteorology said 361 mms of rain was recorded at Crawford River, the second highest March total since observations began at the location in 2002.
The record of 447 mms was set in 2005.
Further north, 503 mms of rain was recorded at Cabbage Tree Mountain in the Upper Myall, smashing the previous March record of 428 mms.
After the dry summer, the March deluge was welcomed by property owners and farmers who have reported overflowing tanks and lush green pastures.
The wet month was also met with delight from many of the region’s youngest residents, with the rain providing hours of outdoor fun.
“I like jumping in the muddy puddles when it rains,” five-year-old Abbiegail Ray said.
“I like to wear my raincoat and play in the mud and water,” Andrew Kent told News Of The Area.
But don’t put away those brollies and gumboots just yet, as more rain is on the way.
According to the BoM, the wet conditions are likely to continue throughout April, with the bureau’s seasonal outlook predicting wetter than average conditions across eastern NSW.
By Daniel SAHYOUN