We've had one of the driest winter's on record but the northern region has a Spring sunshine smile on its dial now after the best rain for more than two months.
Across the north west and New England areas there were some heavy falls across the northern slopes to the tablelands and also to the south of Tamworth.
The Country Music Capital had recorded just over 26mm in three readings since the weekend and it was the first rain of any measurable quantity for over a month.
The rain has lifted spirits and confidence and is a good opener for spring promoting pasture growth and boosting crops. Farmers and graziers will be looking for good follow up rain to give the season a good kickalong.