Where is it dry?

Mob of sheep raise a cloud of red dust as they move across a dry padock

Rainfall deficiencies contract in WA but continue in SA

The most recent statement issued on 4 December 2012 indicates that after two years of above-average rainfall for most of Australia, recent drier conditions in parts of the south and west have given rise to areas with very-much-below-average rainfall. For the 8-month period from April to November, rainfall deficiencies are present across large parts of South Australia. This follows below-average November rain across much of the State. Deficiencies also remain along the western New South Wales/Victoria border and in parts of Western Australia.

Over the shorter 4-month period, severe rainfall deficiencies persist across most of South Australia and extend into parts of southern Queensland, western and northeast New South Wales. This follows widespread below-average rainfall across southeast Australia in spring.

In Western Australia, recent above-average rainfall means deficiencies have been reduced in the west and contracted toward the eastern border, however long-term rainfall deficiencies continue after years of below-average rainfall in 2010–2012.

Map of Australia showing rainfall deficiencies in Australia for the 8 months from April to November 2012

Above: Rainfall deficiencies in Australia for the 8 months from April to November (lowest on record: lowest since at least 1900; severe deficiency: rainfall in the lowest 5 per cent of historical totals; serious deficiency: rainfall in the lowest 10 per cent of historical totals)

For more information, go to the Bureau's website. To subscribe to email alerts on 'Drought Statements', contact helpdesk.climate@bom.gov.au.