From drought to flooding rains, 2020 was Moree's wettest year in nearly a decade

WET YEAR: 2020 ended up being Moree's wettest year since 2011, with more than 650mm of rain falling.
WET YEAR: 2020 ended up being Moree's wettest year since 2011, with more than 650mm of rain falling.

While 2020 was a year many people would rather forget, Mother Nature provided the Moree district with something to be thankful for - rain.

After three years of what was described as the worst drought in living memory, 2020 ended up being Moree's wettest year in nearly a decade.

A total of 652.2 millimetres of rain fell from the heavens last year, giving the district one of the best harvests in years following a particularly tough few seasons.

December alone produced more rain than all of 2019, with a total of 139.8mm falling throughout the month which resulted in flooding at Terry Hie Hie, Gurley and Bellata, as well as minor flooding along the Gwydir River at Gravesend, Pallamallawa and Yarraman Bridge.

Only a measly 125.4mm fell in 2019, a total Moree reached before the end of February last year, thanks to some heavy downpours and big storms in January and February.

Although it was a relatively dry winter, 2020 ended up being Moree's wettest year since 2011 when 845mm fell, including 222.2mm during the November flood.

The total rainfall in 2020 was even higher than 2012 (633.2mm) when the second highest flood ever recorded split the town in two in February of that year.

The wet weather looks set to continue this year, with above average rainfall predicted over the coming months as the La Nina remains active until at least the start of autumn.

Already this year, Moree has recorded 46.6mm, with the past few weeks being wet.

The wet weather is forecast to clear up on Friday, however, with sunshine predicted for the following week.