Statement on Drought for the 8 and
12-month periods ending 30th November 2002
Rainfall deficiencies worsen in east
The Bureau of Meteorology announced today that rainfall deficiencies in the eastern states have intensified following another dry month. In contrast, average to above average November rainfall across much of South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory has brought some relief to central and northwestern parts of the continent. There has been little change to the deficiencies in southern parts of WA.
For the eight-month period from April to November, serious to severe rainfall deficiencies cover about half of Victoria and most of Queensland and New South Wales. These deficiencies have expanded into northern Queensland. Much of inland South Australia also remains affected, but a wide area around Alice Springs is no longer experiencing serious rainfall deficiencies. Some parts of the southwest of WA are affected for the third successive year.
Pockets of lowest on record totals for the April to November period, in a record dating back to 1900, are scattered across the east and southwest of the country. Some of the more noteworthy areas include a large area between Longreach and Mt Isa in western Queensland and an area between Birdsville (southwest Queensland) and Bourke (northwest New South Wales).
For the twelve-month period from December to November, some additional areas around Cairns and Cooktown in far north Queensland, and along the coast from Mackay to Grafton have experienced serious to severe rainfall deficiencies.
maps for standard periods (3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24 and
36 months) are updated monthly on the Bureau's web site.
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 in the National Climate Centre:Blair Trewin on (03) 9669 4603
Robert Fawcett on (03) 9669 4296