Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Climate data online screenshots
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.

Screenshot showing the Fitzroy Barrage on the Water Storage website
Water storage levels for the Fitzroy Barrage

Three major water storages in the Rockhampton region have been added to the Bureau’s Water Storage site, bringing the total number of storages to 285.

New water storage Capacity
Fitzroy Barrage 59,375 ML
Mount Morgan No.7  2,896 ML
Kelly’s Offstream Storage 1,146 ML

Read more about new arrivals to Water Storage.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Perth and Ord water statements on tap

Water accounting statement for Perth
Water accounting statement for Perth

As part of the National Water Account 2011, the Perth and Ord regions are now freely available on the Bureau’s website. The other six regions – Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, South East Queensland, Sydney and the Murray–Darling Basin – will be available in coming months.

Senior Hydrologist Yves Bessard said the 2010–11 Statement for the Perth region highlights the reduction in inflows to groundwater and surface water stores due to low rainfall.

"The 2010–11 year saw record low surface water store inflows," he said. "The region is becoming more reliant on groundwater and desalinated water to compensate for the climate variability of the region."

Yves added that the Statement for the Ord region shows that the area's water resources well exceeded current use. The region relies mainly on surface water inflows, which were at near-record highs in 2010–11.

The National Water Account is prepared by the Bureau in partnership with more than 30 organisations, such as water agencies, local government and natural resource management authorities, irrigation service providers and electricity generators.

Cover of the La Niña Report
La Niña Report

The successive La Niña events of 2010–12 that contributed to record-breaking rainfall and cooler temperatures across Australia, particularly eastern Australia, have been chronicled in a new Bureau publication.

The 24-page booklet and online publication Record-breaking La Niña events gives an insight into how La Niña (and El Niño) events occur and why they change Australia’s weather and climate. It also details the significant impacts of the 2010–12 La Niña events.

Read more about Record breaking La Niña.

New streamflow forecasts for Queensland

Map of Australia showing new streamflow forecast locations
New streamflow forecast locations

Streamflow forecasts are now available for nine sites in Queensland. Five new locations have been added in New South Wales, taking the total number of forecast sites to 50.

Current streamflow forecasts are favouring near median or high flows for most forecast sites except for low flows at four locations in the Murrumbidgee, Upper Murray and Ovens basins. As climate indicators continue to show a shift towards El Niño conditions, this may affect the streamflow forecasts for spring.

Visit the Seasonal Streamflow website

[First Page] [Prev] Showing page 13 of 26 pages [Next] [Last Page]