Issued on 4 April 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.
12-month rainfall deficiencies
Twelve-month deficits from April to March persist in southern Western Australia in a band stretching from near Carnarvon to Albany and Esperance. Another month of below average rainfall in March caused a minor expansion of the affected area.
14-month rainfall deficiencies
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. March rainfall in this region was patchy and variable but was mainly within about 20% of the long-term average.