Friday, 17 December 2010

Map of forecast sites for the Murrumbidgee, Upper murray, Kiewa, Ovens, Goulburn, Broken, Capaspe, and Loddon catchments.
Map of forecast sites

High inflows are forecast for rivers and catchments in the south-east Murray-Darling Basin in the next three months. These forecasts are part of the Bureau's new Seasonal Streamflow Forecasting Service, launched in Canberra this week.

The forecasts are freely available on the Bureau's website and predict how much water is expected to flow at 13 river sites and eight storages in the south-east Murray-Darling Basin. The service will help water managers and users make better water availability decisions. More forecasts are planned for other rivers and catchments in the next two years.

Read more about Seasonal Streamflow Forecasting Service launched.

iPhone showing water storage levels for Australia
Water Storage iPhone app

The Bureau of Meteorology's new Water Storage iPhone application shows data for more than 250 sites across Australia. It is available for free download at the iTunes App Store.

Water Storage information is also available on the Bureau's Water Storage web site which was launched in October 2010.

Read more about Water Storage in your hand.

It might come as a surprise to many people in Australia that globally, the year 2010 is almost certain to rank in the top three warmest years on record and may well be the hottest yet. This was the message from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in a press release on 3 December.

In contrast, Australia's average temperatures so far during 2010 have been cooler than the past eight years although still above the long term average.

Read more about 2010 - one of the warmest years on record?.

The Bureau is proposing a range of changes to Part 7 of the Water Regulations 2008 (Water Information). After collecting required data from named persons (organisations) for the past two years, the Bureau has identified areas where the regulations can be improved to enhance the quality and utility of water information.

Read more about Amendments proposed for Water Regulations.

Two men on the bank of the Esk river
Operating an Accoustic Doppler at South Esk River, Perth, Tasmania

Thirty-six organisations are sharing nearly $20 million in funding from the Bureau to update and extend their water monitoring systems during 2010/11.

The Bureau received applications worth more than $47 million for Round Four of the Modernisation and Extension of Hydrological Monitoring Systems Program.

Read more about $20 million funding allocated.

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