Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Seasonal bushfire outlook is above normal for large parts of southern Australia
The severe weather outlook combines various indicators to give insight into the risk of bushfire, tropical cyclone, storms and flood. Here is a summary of the outlook for the coming season.
Read more about the chances of severe weather this summer?.
National Water Account 2011 released
Australia’s most comprehensive water information resource has been updated, with the National Water Account 2011 now available. It features water accounting reports for eight nationally significant regions: Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Murray–Darling Basin, Ord, Perth, South East Queensland and Sydney.
Read more about National Water Account 2011 released.
Dr Rob Vertessy
Dr Rob Vertessy has been appointed Director of the Bureau of Meteorology. As many readers will know, Rob joined the Bureau in 2007 and established the Improving Water Information Program. His career spans more than 20 years as a senior water scientist and leading researcher.
Read more about Rob Vertessy named as new Bureau director.
Mound Spring Oodnadatta track. Copyright Luke Doherty
An online atlas creating a consistent, national inventory of groundwater dependent ecosystems was launched in Canberra on 11 September 2012 by the Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator the Hon Don Farrell.
The Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Atlas, available on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website, is designed to help planners and decision-makers balance the need for development with the protection of groundwater sources and their dependent ecosystems.
Read more about the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Atlas.
Weather & climate data
Did you know you can get 100 years of monthly rainfall data for Preston Reservoir free on the Bureau’s website? Perhaps you’re interested in daily maximum temperatures for Alice Springs in the 1880s, or minimum temperatures at Perisher.
The Bureau’s Weather Station Directory provides all this and more.
Read more about Climate data.