Thursday, 21 October 2010

Exploring our climate

National map of probability of exceeding median rainfall
National map of probability of exceeding median rainfall

Did you know that the Bureau of Meteorology provides free and unrestricted access to a wide range of Australia's historical climate information? You can view past weather for nearly 20,000 sites, some with data going back 160 years.

As well as looking back, you can look forward. Read Seasonal outlooks for the next three months and find out why the Bureau is forecasting a higher than average number of cyclones for the coming season.

Looking back, you can check temperature and rainfall averages and compare locations by downloading data, plots, charts and graphs. Find data for your local area or thousands of other sites.

An end to the drought?

Aerial photograph of the Loddon River and Serpentine Creek in flood
Loddon River - photo by Goulburn-Murray Water

With so much rain and flooding in parts of Australia over the past few months, many people have asked if the drought has finally ended.

Not necessarily, according to the Special Climate Statement released by the Bureau of Meteorology in early October 2010.

Water accounting standard released for comment

The Exposure Draft of Australian Water Accounting Standard 1 (ED AWAS 1) and associated model reports will be launched by the end of October.

To receive a hard copy of the publication please email or, from the end of October, visit the WASB website to download a pdf version.

Initially developed as part of the process to compile Australia's National Water Account, a predecessor version of ED AWAS 1 is currently being tested in Spain and South Africa. This highlights the Bureau's leading role in developing international standards for water accounting.

Written feedback on the ED AWAS 1 and associated model reports is invited by 30 June 2011.

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