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Australia’s hottest summer on record
 
New Climate Model Summary page
 
Six new water storages added
 
Examining the Environmental Accounts landscape
 
2012: a year of climate contrasts
 
Data sharing agreements for flood forecasting
 
Seeking feedback on the Exposure Draft
 
 

National Climate and Water Briefing

The February 2013 National Climate and Water Briefing presentations are now available on the Bureau’s website. The briefing provided an overview of 2012 hydrological conditions, resources and events in addition to recent climate and water conditions and outlooks for the autumn cropping season.
 

Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts

Streamflow forecasts for autumn 2013 are favouring near median flows for most forecast sites.
 

ENSO Wrap-Up

Read the latest ENSO Wrap-Up about the state of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, one of Australia's key climate drivers.

 

Water storage levels

Map of Australia showing water storage icons

  Latest Previous year
  % full % full
Australia 73.1% 81.4% 
ACT 75.8% 100.0%
NSW 62.2% 83.1%
NT 76.4% 97.8%
Qld 93.7% 95.1% 
SA 88.2% 91.2%
Tas 65.9% 66.3%
Vic 75.4% 79.7%
WA 82.1% 94.2%
     
Capital cities Latest Previous year
Adelaide 47.9% 53.3%
Brisbane 93.8% 87.6%
Canberra 89.9% 100.0%
Darwin 76.4% 97.8%
Hobart 89.3% 97.2%
Melbourne 75.7% 64.4%
Perth 19.5% 23.6%
Sydney 94.5% 97.4%
 

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Australia’s hottest summer on record

 
  Map of Australia showing some places had average maximum temperatures in summer 2012-13 more than 3 °C above normalHeat is a regular feature of the Australian summer but the summer of 2012–13 had much more than its fair share.

The summer of 2012–13 will go down as Australia’s hottest on record, and January 2013 as the nation’s hottest month. Mean temperatures for the summer were 1.11 °C above normal, 0.13 °C above the previous record set in 1997–98.

High temperatures covered almost the entire country. Only about 3 per cent of Australia (mainly in the Pilbara in Western Australia) had below-normal temperatures this summer, as shown below. Every State and Territory except Tasmania had a summer in their ten warmest on record.

Map of Australia showing some places had average maximum temperatures in summer 2012–13 more than 3 °C above normal
Above: Some places had average maximum temperatures in summer
2012–13 more than 3 °C above normal.

The most extreme heat occurred in the first three weeks of January, when an exceptionally extensive and prolonged heatwave affected most of the continent. Records were set in every State and Territory. Fourteen of the 112 sites used by the Bureau for long-term climate monitoring had their hottest day on record during the heatwave, the most sites ever to do so in a single summer. This included Sydney and Hobart, which set all-time records with 45.8 °C (on 18 January) and 41.8 °C (on 4 January), respectively. The highest temperature of the summer was 49.6 °C on 12 January at Moomba in the far north-east of South Australia.

Despite flooding rains on parts of the east coast, it was also a very dry summer for much of the country—especially the northern tropics (which suffered from a late and intermittent monsoon) and the southeast. For Australia as a whole it was the driest summer since 2004–05, while Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory all had their driest summers for more than 25 years, contributing to several large and long-lived bushfires.

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New Climate Model Summary page

 
  Thumbnail of an ENSO dialNew 'ENSO dials’ indicating the likelihood of a La Niña or El Niño event developing in the coming months are a new feature of the enhanced Climate Model Summary webpage. 
 
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Six new water storages added

 
  Thumbnail of Lal Lal water storage graphicSix major water storages managed by Central Highlands Water in Victoria have been added to the Bureau’s Water Storage site.

The new additions bring the total number of water storages to 300.
 
 
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Examining the Environmental Accounts landscape

 
  Front cover of Environmental Accounts Landscape publicationThe Environmental Accounts Landscape, a new publication by the Bureau, provides an overview of environmental accounting models and examples of their implementation. It provides a starting point for understanding environmental accounting and summarises work undertaken to date in Australia and internationally. 
 
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2012: a year of climate contrasts

 
 

Front cover of the Annual Climate Summary 2012For the first time, the Bureau of Meteorology is providing an overview of its Annual Climate Summary as a 2-minute video. With more than 5000 views in the first week of release, the short video is proving popular.

In the video Dr Andrew Watkins, Manager Climate Prediction, presents a snapshot of Australia’s temperature, rainfall and significant events for 2012.

 
 
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Data sharing agreements for flood forecasting

 
  The Bureau recently signed formal data sharing agreements for flood forecasting purposes with two key Tasmanian water organisations—Hydro Tasmania and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. 
 
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Seeking feedback on the Exposure Draft

 
  The opportunity to provide feedback on the Exposure Draft of Proposed Standard Assurance Engagements on General Purpose Water Accounting Reports is still available and comments are required by 15 March 2013. 
 
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