Heavy rain totals in NSWTristan Meyers, Friday January 15, 2016 - 10:52 EDT
A trough and front is continuing to move over NSW today, but it has already brought substantial rainfall totals across the state.
A severe weather warning was issued yesterday at 11am in anticipation of heavy rain for the Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains. The deluge began at around 5pm as the band of rain passed over the Alps while storms were triggered across the central interior.
Braidwood was among many locations that ended the afternoon with a persistent 2-6 mm/h of rain for nearly 6 hours as the rain passed overhead, with the eventual total being 34 mm. To 9am today, Oberon had its biggest January rainfall in nine years, with Mudgee in eight years.
The rain and storms expanded to the Hunter, where the already saturated soils picked up even more generous totals. Maitland, for instance, copped an additional 62mm to 9am today, on top of their 250mm already received at the start of January. This makes their running total 327mm, already their wettest January in 17 years of records.
At nearly halfway through the month, several other locations in the Hunter are already seeing their wettest January ever recorded. This includes Moruya Airport and Newcastle University with 14 and 15 years of records, respectively.
What's more is that NSW is due for another rain event from this Wednesday. A low pressure trough looks to spread rain and storms across the state, moving from west to east over the course of a few days. Although the timing is uncertain, it looks to contain more heavy rainfall totals, particularly in central parts of the state. It's shaping up to be a wet January!
© Weatherzone 2016
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