Monday, 28 February 2011

National Water Market website
National Water Market website

Weekly water market reports are now available on the National Water Market website. The reports present trade volume and price data for allocations and entitlements, assisting water traders and users to make more efficient business decisions.

The reports are generated using data compiled by the Bureau of Meteorology. The Bureau has worked closely with the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and water authorities to develop the reports.

Read more about Weekly water market reports available.

Water Storages up 24%

The volume of water in Australia's storages has rocketed by 20% since the beginning of winter 2010. Above average rainfall and floods in many parts of Australia saw water volume rise by 18 million megalitres. However rain never falls equitably and the impact on storages differs significantly across the country.

Read more about Big increases in water storages.

2010: a year of extremes and contrasts

Cover of the Annual Climate Summary 2010
Annual Climate Summary 2010

The Annual Climate Summary 2010 documents the many climate extremes and contrasts experienced in Australia last year. Now available on the Bureau's website, the 20-page summary describes climate conditions and analyses key statistics for the year against longer term patterns.

The Summary shows that 2010 was significant for its heavy rainfall during the second half of the year, along with the strong La Niña event in the Pacific, record high sea surface temperatures near Australia, widespread flooding and continued global sea level rise.

Cover of the Modernisation and Extension Funding Program case studies
Modernisation and Extension Funding Program case studies

The fifth round of the Bureau's Modernisation and Extension of Hydrologic Monitoring Systems Program is now open for applications.

Read more about $10 million funding round opens.

box and whisker graph
Inflow box and whisker graph

Inflow to Lake Eppalock in Victoria's Campaspe Basin was nearly 30 times the average and four and a half times the highest volume ever recorded for November to January.

Recent and historical data for 21 sites in the south east Murray-Darling Basin are a key feature of the Bureau's new Seasonal Streamflow Forecasting Service. Recorded streamflows are plotted against the forecast and show the inflow for the past 12 months compared to the historical record for those months. This is shown as a traditional box and whisker plot.

Read more about Inflow to Lake Eppalock 30 times average.

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