Issued on 4th October 2011 by the National Climate Centre
Recent rainfall in southwestern Australia has provided some relief to long-term rainfall deficiencies in the area. Whilst there has not been enough rainfall to totally clear long-term deficiencies as reported in the previous Drought Statement, rainfall that has been received means that there are currently no short term deficiencies.
Whilst rainfall in southeastern Australia has generally been below average since the start of winter it has not been low enough to trigger any deficiency thresholds.
For more information on dry periods over Australia and extreme rain events see the Special Climate Statements issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.
For more information regarding this rainfall deficiencies statement, please contact the following climate meteorologists in the National Climate Centre:
Glenn Cook (WA) on (08) 9263 2237
Lynette Bettio on (03) 9669 4527
Karl Braganza on (03) 9669 4344
The Bureau of Meteorology does not make formal drought declarations as these are done by either the relevant State Governments or by the Australian Government. The Australian Government Program is called Exceptional Circumstances and it is administered by the Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). General information about Australian Government drought assistance is available at http://www.daff.gov.au/droughtassist.