MEDIA RELEASE - ISSUED 4th APRIL 2001
Statement on Drought for the 12 & 14-month periods ending 31st March 2001
Little change in W.A. & Queensland rainfall deficits
The Bureau of Meteorology announced today that rainfall during March had little effect on the patterns of rainfall deficiencies in either southwest W.A. or southeast Queensland. However, above average falls in Tasmania were sufficient to ease the situation in the southeast of that state.
Twelve-month deficits from April to March persist in southern Western Australia in a band stretching from near Carnarvon to Albany and Esperance (see first map below). Another month of below average rainfall in March caused a minor expansion of the affected area.
Deficiencies for the 14 months from February 2000 to March 2001 remain in southeast Queensland over a region of the Darling Downs stretching northwest from Warwick (see second map below). March rainfall in this region was patchy and variable but was mainly within about 20% of the long-term average.
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