Issued on 6 March 2012

No Drought Statement issued for March

Coinciding with the 2011-12 La Niņa event, much of Australia has received above average rainfall in the last few months. Rainfall in recent months 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 September Drought Statement, rainfall that has been received means that there are currently no short-term deficiencies.

For more information on dry periods over Australia and extreme rain events see the Special Climate Statements issued by the Bureau of Meteorology. Especially a recent statement on Australia's wettest two-year period on record, and what this means for long-term rainfall deficiencies.

Climate

Service notice

Network problems on 8 January disrupted processing of observations, affecting some climate information. Missing data are being retrieved and will be processed into our systems over coming weeks.