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Friday, 21 December 2012

Map of Australia showing 24 hour rainfall totals to 9am on 11 December 2012 across Australia
Map of Australia showing 24 hour rainfall totals to 9am on 11 December 2012 across Australia (dot colour indicates rainfall depth as per the scale)

The Bureau of Meteorology is the national agency responsible for forecasting floods and issuing warnings in Australia. Our flood forecasting and warning team have been collecting and publishing rainfall and river level data on the Bureau website in near real-time for over 12 years.

Read more about Checking rainfall and river conditions across Australia.


Front cover of the 2012 Water Information Research and Development Alliance annual report
WaterML2.0 was adopted by the Open Geospatial Consortium as an international standard

The 2011–2012 Water Information Research and Development Alliance annual report is now available. It highlights the significant achievements delivered by the joint Alliance partners—the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO.

During the past 12 months the Alliance, now in its fourth year, completed many projects, advanced new areas of research, and continued to turn research outputs into operational services.

Read more about 2012 WIRADA annual report now available.


Graph showing Lake Ross water storage levels
Townsville City's largest water supply storage.

Nine major water storages, two managed by Townsville City Council in Queensland and seven managed by Coliban Water in Victoria, have been added to the Bureau’s Water Storage site.

The new additions bring the total number of water storages to 294.

Read more about Nine new arrivals to Water Storage.


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 Bureau of Meteorology reports regularly on which parts of Australia have experienced low rainfall over medium to long periods of time. While formal drought declarations are handled by the State and federal governments, the Bureau keeps the nation informed of significant rainfall deficiencies which may impact communities, industries and farmers.

Read more about Where is it dry?.


Graphic showing the Geofabric Product stack
Expanding our knowledge of Australia’s water landscape.

The release of Geofabric Version 2.1 includes a number of new features and an update of information.

The Australian Hydrological Geospatial Fabric (Geofabric) provides a framework for discovering, querying, reporting and modelling water information.

Read more about Geofabric Version 2.1 released.


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