South East Coast (NSW)
August 2017 Summary
Rainfall was lower than average across 66% of the area, mainly in the north and centre. Mean rainfall was 18 mm, 65% lower than the 1900 to 2016 mean of 52 mm for August.
Streamflows were lower than average for 64% of the sites, spread throughout the drainage division. Low streamflow for this month is due to low rainfall in the previous.
Median streamflow salinities varied between 206 and 3496 microSiemens/cm. Streamflows were high quality or fresh for 40% of the sites and brackish for 40% of the sites. Byswater Creek At Liddell had the highest salinity of all sites.
During August, storage volumes decreased in 5 systems and remained stable in one. By the end of the month, the volume of water stored was 89% of the total accessible capacity, a decrease of 5% from the previous year.
|Rainfall decile group||Percentage of area|
|Highest on record since 1900||0%|
|Very much above average||0%|
|Above average||Lower than 1%|
|Very much below average||36%|
|Lowest on record since 1900||1%|
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