FEARS the region could be slipping into drought have been denied by the Bureau of Meteorology despite Griffith experiencing its driest six months since 2007.
Only 148.6mm of rain fell between August and January and most of it - 95.6mm - was recorded on one day in November.
The beginning of 2012 surprised many local farmers, who had expected good rainfall but instead were greeted with 40-plus degree heat and barely a trickle of rain.
Only 13.2mm tumbled down between December 1 and February 27, setting February up to be the driest on record.
The almost-record was replaced by a genuine one when 44mm of rain fell on the final day of the month.
BoM climatologist Acacia Pepler said current readings and forecasts did not give any indication of severe weather in the coming months.
"At the moment we're looking at 50/50 odds for whether southern NSW is drier or wetter than normal because there's no strong El Nino or La Nina to push it one way or the other," Ms Pepler said.
"There are no strong drivers toward dry conditions and Griffith has just had its wettest February day since records began almost 50 years ago.
"The region has had a long, dry spell but for the whole period of August 1 up to today (March 7), it's not much below the historical average of 224mm."
Some of the farming areas around Griffith have experienced more intense dry spells after missing out on the massive rain event in November.
Hay only received 77mm of rain between August and January, putting the period in the driest 10 per cent of years ever experienced in the town.