Regional Weather and Climate Guides

The Regional Weather and Climate Guides project is part of the Australian Government’s Drought Assistance Package, announced by Minister for Drought David Littleproud on 19 August 2018. The project aims to improve the resilience of farming businesses by providing localised facts about the likelihood, severity and duration of key weather variables in regions across the country. The weather and climate information will be delivered through a set of guides corresponding to Australia's Natural Resource Management regions. The project is a collaboration between the Bureau of Meteorology, the CSIRO and FarmLink Research. The guides have been developed in collaboration with representatives from each NRM region to ensure the information is tailored to the needs of local farmers and agribusinesses.

  • Check the list or map below to see if a guide is available for your region.
  • Further region guides will be published as they become available.
  • About NRM regions
List of regions with linked guides

Map of regions. Coloured regions have available guides – tap for guide links

Select a district, then the 'Download region PDF' link in the popup information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What's the purpose of the Climate Guides? How are the Climate Guides different to other information on the Bureau's website?

The purpose of the Climate Guides is to help farmers understand and manage their climate risk, by providing regionally focused climate and weather summaries that detail historical observational information available from Bureau of Meteorology weather stations. The information presented has been informed through interviews with local producers, agricultural advisers, local government, and other relevant stakeholders from the 56 NRM regions in Australia. Importantly this involved visiting the regions and gaining insights into what is relevant, and what's not, with regard to weather information used to inform agricultural decisions.

Why did we use Natural Resource Management (NRM*) regions?

When this project was first imagined, we anticipated producing roughly 50 guides based on agro-ecological regions across Australia. As we began looking at how to divide Australia into such regions we realised that the 56 NRM regions already met our needs fairly closely. Therefore, we decided to use the NRM region boundaries for this project, except for the Northern Territory, which was split into three parts, and Rangelands which was split into North and South.

*Natural Resource Management (NRM) is the integrated management of the natural resources that make up Australia's natural landscapes – that is, our land, water, soil, plants and animals. The regional NRM model defines 56 catchments and bioregions, and these are managed by a mix of government agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs). NRM regions as defined in 2016

How did you decide what data and weather information to include?

The project team has been holding workshops with farming representatives in NRM regions across the country. These workshops allowed us to better understand the farming practices in each region, and the type of weather information that would help inform the decisions of those in the local agriculture industry.

Is a guide being made available for my area?

The project team is in the process of producing guides for all of Australia's NRM regions. We expect all guides to be available to the public by the end of the year.

What locations are used in the Climate Guides?

The locations used in each guide were decided based on two factors:
(1) locations with a Bureau weather station with sufficient length and completeness of record;
(2) locations suggested by attendees at our Climate Guides Workshops as being either representative or otherwise useful references locations.

Where a site was both suggested and had sufficient data it was used in the guide.

In most cases, data are actual observations from Bureau of Meteorology weather stations that were accessed through the SILO API. In a few, rare cases modelled or interpolated data were used. These data were also taken from the SILO API.

Gridded data, used to produce the maps and any area-averaged statistics, are from the Bureau of Meteorology's Australian Water Availability Project (AWAP) 5 km data-set.

** Jones et al. (2009). High-quality spatial climate data-sets for Australia. Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal 58 (2009) 233-248. Also see About maps and data

How were the area averages calculated?

Most of the Climate Guides include area averaged rainfall statistics and a few have area-averaged frost statistics. Where an area-average statistic is given it is calculated using the AWAP 5 km grids for the 30 year climate reference period from 1989 to 2018.


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