MEDIA RELEASE - ISSUED 11th JULY 2000
Statement on Drought for the 5 & 45-month periods ending 30th June 2000
Rainfall deficiencies persist
The Bureau of Meteorology's Deputy Director (Services), Dr Geoff Love, said today that there was some development of short term rainfall deficiencies in the southwest of Western Australia, the east of Tasmania and southeast Queensland following below average June rainfall. However, there was little if any change in the pattern of long-term deficiencies dating from late 1996.
Below to very much below average rainfall in June across much of southern Australia has resulted in some worsening of existing rainfall deficiencies in southern Victoria and southeastern Tasmania, noted over the 15 months since April 1999. An area around Burnie in northern Tasmania is also affected.
The below average June rainfall has also contributed to the development of rainfall deficiencies for the 5-month period ending 30/06/2000. The areas affected are in southwest Western Australia and southeastern Queensland (see first map below). Much of eastern Tasmania has also experienced low rainfall over this shorter period.
The 45 months from October 1996 to June 2000 (see second map below) have been very dry in an area extending from the southern Eyre Peninsula in South Australia to Sale in eastern Victoria, and also in northern and eastern Tasmania. In some of these regions the rainfall has been lowest on record for such a period. Also, relatively small areas on the Queensland coast between Rockhampton and Bundaberg have serious rainfall deficiencies for this 45-month period.
Rainfall deficiency maps for standard periods (3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24 and 36 months) are updated monthly on the Bureau's web site, at http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/silo/rain_maps.cgi .
Note: The terms used to describe rainfall in these Drought Statements have the following meanings -
Well below average
- rainfalls in the lowest 10% of historical totals
For more information regarding this rainfall deficiencies statement, please contact the following climate meteorologists during normal business hours (EST) Monday to Friday:David Jones on (03) 9669 4527
Robert Fawcett on (03) 9669 4603
John Chataway on (03) 9669 4859