MEDIA RELEASE - ISSUED 8th FEBRUARY 2001
Statement on Drought for the 10 & 12-month periods ending 31st January 2001
Relief in parts of W.A. and eastern Australia
The Bureau of Meteorology announced today that rainfall during January eased the situation with respect to deficits across the southern inland of Western Australia. There was little change in southeast Queensland and northeast NSW as at the end of January, but heavy rain in early February has either eliminated or significantly eased the situation there as well.
For the ten months from April to January, rainfall deficiencies persisted in southern W.A. between Albany and Esperance, near Kalgoorlie, as well as on parts of the coast between Perth and Carnarvon (see first map below). January rainfall was sufficient to remove deficits near Exmouth in the north, and across much of the region in a broad sweep from Carnarvon to Kalgoorlie.
The 12 months from February 2000 to January 2001 have been deficient in rainfall over southeast Queensland and the far northeast corner of NSW. At the end of January the affected region covered parts of the Darling Downs in Queensland, together with some of the Northern Tablelands and Northern Rivers districts in NSW (see second map below). However, very heavy rain at the start of February along the coast and adjacent mountain ranges has either eliminated deficiencies or significantly eased the situation.
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:Grant Beard on (03) 9669 4527
Robert Fawcett on (03) 9669 4603