Weekly Rainfall Update

For the week to 6 December 2016, rainfall was recorded in the north and southeast of Western Australia; in the south and the Top End of the Northern Territory; northern, central and southeastern Queensland; in western, northeastern and southeastern New South Wales; northeastern Victoria, northern and central districts of South Australia and Tasmania.

At the beginning of the week, a broad area of low pressure covered much of the continent with associated low pressure troughs extended through the interior. Showers and thunderstorms developed over the Kimberley and Pilbara in Western Australia, northwestern Top End, and in northern, central and southeastern Queensland. Thunderstorms, producing moderate falls also formed over eastern parts of New South Wales.

Moderate to heavy falls continued in the Kimberley, the northwest and central Top End, about the Alice Springs region in the Northern Territory and across the northern interior and southeastern districts of Queensland. As a cloudband and a weak cold front tracked across southern Australia in the middle of the week, light to moderate falls were recorded along the Eucla coast in Western Australia, while widespread, light rainfall was recorded across most of Victoria, with moderate falls recorded in western Tasmania.

In the last part of the week, a broad low pressure trough extended across the Northern Territory, through western Queensland into New South Wales. Showers and thunderstorms produced moderate falls in Central Australia, southeastern Queensland, and along the east coast of New South Wales. 

Rainfall totals between 50 mm and 100 mm were recorded in parts of Central Australia, the Kimberley region; pockets of the Top End, Gulf Country and Cape York Peninsula; and small areas of southeastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales. The highest weekly total was 143 mm at Murganella Airstrip in the Northern Territory.

Rainfall totals between 25 mm and 50 mm were recorded parts of western Tasmania; areas along the northeastern and southeastern New South Wales coast; parts of northern and southeastern Queensland; pockets of the Top End; an area in Central Australia; and in the Kimberley district in Western Australia.

Rainfall totals in excess of 10 mm were recorded in the western half and northeastern Tasmania; parts of northeastern Victoria; in southeastern and northeastern New South Wales; southeastern, central and northern parts of Queensland. Similar totals were also recorded in northern and southern parts of the Northern Territory; parts of the Southern Interior, Eucla and Pilbara districts in Western Australia; and small areas in southwest, northwest and along the southern coast of and northern districts of South Australia.

Little or no rainfall was recorded in remaining parts of Western Australia; most of South Australia; central and eastern parts of the Northern Territory; most of Victoria; most of the eastern half of Tasmania; western and central New South Wales, and in the southwest, central coast and adjacent districts of Queensland.

Impact of recent rainfall on deficits

Due to above average rainfall in recent months over areas which had experienced deficiencies since mid-2015, no large-scale deficiencies are currently present. Rainfall analyses are available for standard periods out to 48 months.

Map of rainfall totals for this week

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