Monthly Water Update

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North East Coast

February 2020 Summary

Rainfall was average (in the north) or higher than average (in the south) across 92 per cent of the area. Total rainfall was 176 mm, 12 per cent higher than the long-term mean of 157 mm for February.

Following the patterns of rainfall, streamflows were average in 59 per cent of the sites, mostly in the north and higher than average for 28 per cent of the sites in the south of the drainage division. Auburn River at Dykehead had the highest streamflow for February since 1980. Brisbane River at Savages Crossing had the fourth lowest streamflow for February since 1980.

Median streamflow salinity (electrical conductivity) varied between sites from 63 to 4375 μS/cm. Streamflows were high quality for 85 per cent of the sites. Dee River at Kenbula, where it was moderately saline, had the highest salinity of all sites.However, nearly half the sites, mainly in the north, did not report.

During February, storage volumes increased in 21 systems and remained stable in one. By the end of the month, the volume of water stored was 69 per cent of the total accessible capacity, which is four per cent lower than previous year. The largest system remaining below 20 per cent is the inland Nogoa Mackenzie system which increased by only 3 per cent this month to 19 per cent of total accessible capacity.

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Streamflow salinity

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Water storages

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map visualising rainfall details for North East Coast

Rainfall statistics

Rainfall decile group Percentage of area
Highest on record since 1900 Less than 1%
Very much above average 12%
Above average 27%
Average 53%
Below average 8%
Very much below average Less than 1%
Lowest on record since 1900 0%

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