Issued on 6 June 2001
Dry autumn in southern W.A.
The Bureau of Meteorology announced today that rainfall deficiencies have developed in southern Western Australia during autumn. Although totals were closer to average in May, they did not compensate for the very poor rains in March and April. For the past six months, deficiencies are now evident in some areas of western NSW and southern Queensland.
3-month rainfall deficiencies
Regions around Albany and Esperance extending northwards to the Goldfields have serious to severe deficiencies for the three-month period from March to May. Much of this area also experienced rainfall deficiencies during the 2000 growing season as well.
6-month rainfall deficiencies
Over the six-month period from December to May, patches of rainfall deficiencies have developed in a line extending from the far northwest of New South Wales to the Queensland coastal region between Rockhampton and Bundaberg.
The deficiency periods beginning in February and April 2000 (i.e. last year) will no longer be monitored.