Rainfall variability maps
These rainfall variability maps provide an indication of the regularity of rainfall from one year to the next, distributed across Australia.
Product code: IDCJCM0009
Rainfall variability maps show how rainfall varies from year to year. For example, if an area has lower rainfall variability, it means rainfall will tend to be more consistent from one year to the next. Many coastal areas exhibit this kind of rainfall pattern. On the other hand, higher rainfall variability means rainfall is likely to be irregular from one year to the next - heavy rainfall in some years and little or no rainfall in others. The northern and desert areas in central Australia tends to have high rainfall variability during April October, though this also reflects the very low rainfall there in most years. In the south east the rainfall pattern is more or less consistent throughout the year.
There are different ways of measuring and displaying variability. These maps use the percentile analysis method for showing how rainfall varies across Australia, this is described below.
- About the maps - metadata and related information.