THE WETTEST November in a decade has left Tamworth drenched and rivers swollen.
Tamworth clocked an official total of 191mm of rain in its airport gauge across the month, which is more than two-and-a-half times the November average, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).
The last time the month brought that much of the wet stuff was 10 years ago in 2011, when 200mm fell.
The final month of Spring was a stark difference to last year when the city sweltered through a record-breaking dry patch, with only 3mm of rain falling in November.
Just a drop less than 280mm of rain was dumped on the city across the three months of Spring this year, almost three times the amount for the season in 2020.
The wild weather caused the Peel River to surge to flood levels twice in Tamworth, just a few days apart in late November, causing damage to roads, causeways and some low-lying properties.
Chaffey Dam has been full for months now, but hit 106 per cent in late November - a level not seen in more than a decade - and water gushed down the spillway.
Lake Keepit has also been lapping at its edges through most of the month, while Copeton Dam, near Inverell, spilled over for the first time in about nine years in late November.
Gunnedah had a record-breaking month, with about 305mm falling in November 2021, more than in any other November in at least 20 years since the BoM gauge started collecting data.
The town is now beginning to recover from a devastating flood.
Summer could bring more wet weather with La Nina.
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