IN the space of just 48 hours over the weekend Orange was drenched by more than two-thirds of the city’s expected rainfall for December.
According to www.weatherzone.com.au, which takes its weather measurements at Orange Regional Airport, Orange was lashed with 64 millimetres (mm) of rain between 9am on Friday and the same time on Sunday morning.
Of that deluge, 33mm fell in the 24 hours up to 9am on Saturday, with a further bucketing of 31mm the next day.
Less than three days into December and Orange has already received more than two-thirds of its expected rainfall for the month, with an average of 91.5mm falling into rain gauges between 1996 and 2016.
The consistent downpours across the weekend come on the back of a dry November, which saw just 71mm, and an unseasonably dry spring, with the city’s September-November total of 170.6mm well down on the 1996-2017 average of 243.2mm.
The combination of the rain and strong winds saw Orange State Emergency Services crews called out to 15 jobs, while all outdoor junior and senior sports slated for Saturday were cancelled.
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Other centres across the Central West felt the full brunt of the weekend’s squalls.
Bathurst copped 36.4mm of rain in the 24 hours up to 9am on Sunday, while Mudgee (39.8mm) and Lithgow (25mm) were also drenched.
To Orange’s south and west, the downpours were heavier, with Cowra recording 91mm across the 48-hour stretch and Parkes (98mm) almost raising its bat.
While there were no official figures for Forbes at weatherzone.com.au, the rain there was sufficient to cause the cancellation of Saturday’s portion of the Vanfest music festival, leaving thousands dripping and disappointed.
Orange’s wet spell looks set to continue into the early parts of the new week too, with showers forecast for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but the seven-day forecast is tipping the dampness to clear in time for next weekend.