Drought Statement Archive

Issued on 6th July 2012 by the National Climate Centre

A dry start to winter for the Riverina, relief for western WA

Near-average June rainfall along the coast of southwest Western Australia has removed short-term rainfall deficiencies which had resulted from a drier-than-average autumn. Elsewhere, June rainfall was mixed; also generally above average across Queensland and the southeast mainland coast, and below average for parts of inland Australia.

Following below-average rainfall over most of southern Australia in April and May, continued dry conditions during June for inland Australia have seen short-term rainfall deficiencies persist in the Interior of Western Australia, while severe 3-month (April to June 2012) deficiencies have emerged north of Esperance and in south-western New South Wales and the Riverina and adjacent parts of northern Victoria.

Despite the relief of short-term deficiencies, long-term rainfall deficiencies remain in southwest Western Australia. The southwest region had its driest year on record in 2010, and the two-year period from 2010 to 2011 was the lowest on record in some parts of southwest Western Australia.

For more information on dry periods and extreme rain events over Australia see the Special Climate Statements issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

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For more information regarding this rainfall deficiencies statement, please contact the following climate meteorologists in the National Climate Centre:

Glenn Cook (WA) (08) 9263 2222
Aaron Coutts-Smith (NSW) (02) 9296 1525
David Jones (03) 9669 4085

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