Rainfall our best 'in a long time'

Boots and all: Isabelle and Breanna Powell enjoying the novelty of the puddles and hoping to see more in coming weeks and months.

Boots and all: Isabelle and Breanna Powell enjoying the novelty of the puddles and hoping to see more in coming weeks and months.

The most gentle, widespread rain Forbes has seen in many, many months has fallen over the weekend.

Most of our town rain gauges held 28 to 30mm for the weekend, Forbes airport totalled 34.8mm over Saturday and Sunday, as well as 1.2mm in the lead-up.

Some parts of the district fared even better with 52mm recorded in Trundle, 54mm at Gooloogong and 50mm (or two inches) at Mulyandry.

Our social media audience reported 44mm at Fifield and 35mm at Caragabal West, but it dropped off from there with one resident between Gooloogong and Grenfell saying there was only 7mm in the gauge.

There was 39mm in 36 hours at Mount Pleasant, welcomed as the best falls in 18 months, and 36mm to 40mm in the Bedgerabong / Warroo area.

Eugowra area residents also report falls ranging from just below to just over 40mm for the weekend.

While there's been isolated storms in recent weeks that have filled dams here and there around the district, the system that came through on the weekend was different and very welcome.

"Lovely, soft, penetrating rain that's soaked in - very nice," agronomist Guy Webb said of the falls.

"Beautiful," livestock agent Scott Reid said. "It's been a long time."

Reid was out feeding cattle in the rain on Sunday, and hoping the weekend weather was a good sign of more to come - both this week and longer term.

"It looks different than it has for a long time," Reid said. "I am hoping it's the start of a different weather pattern."

Heavy falls in other parts of the state closed roads, including the Great Western Highway over the Blue Mountains briefly, but Forbes SES reported a quiet weekend.

Police were called to Meadowbank Road, Eugowra, to reports of stormwater damage to the road surface. The council attended to manage traffic and make repairs.

It was wet enough to cause the cancellation of the planned Grinsted Cup centenary game, as well as the weekend's junior cricket representative semi-finals, but you can read about Saturday night's dinner on page 13.