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Four National Water Account 2012 regions released
New Intensity–Frequency–Duration design rainfalls
Accessing environmental products and services
Pacific adventures of the Climate Crab
MetEye—your eye on the environment™
Remote station climate records
Twenty makes seventy seasonal streamflow locations
Bureau and CSIRO win 2013 ACT iAward

Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts

Streamflow forecasts for the July to September 2013 period suggest that near median and high flows are more likely for most forecast locations–31 and 25 out of 70 locations respectively.

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.


National Climate and Water Briefing

The June 2013 National Climate and Water Briefing presentations are now available on the Bureau’s website.The briefing reflected on the normal conditions that continued across most of Australia throughout May. The outlook indicated above average rainfall for most of the country and warmer temperatures in many coastal regions.

Water storage levels

Map of Australia showing water storage icons

  Latest Previous year
  % full % full
Australia 69.1% 83.6% 
ACT 61.8% 97.3%
NSW 63.6% 84.5%
NT 73.4% 90.5%
Qld 93.1% 98.1% 
SA 88.5% 93.8%
Tas 57.4% 69.9%
Vic 73.3% 85.0%
WA 72.2% 91.5%
Capital cities Latest Previous year
Adelaide 45.5% 49.3%
Brisbane 98.6% 97.9%
Canberra 84.0% 98.9%
Darwin 73.4% 90.5%
Hobart 99.2% 99.7%
Melbourne 70.5% 72.0%
Perth 18.5% 22.9%
Sydney 96.5% 96.3%

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Four National Water Account 2012 regions released

  Thumbnail map of Australia showing National Water Account 2012 reporting regions being releasedThe release of the annual National Water Account, Australia’s most comprehensive water information resource, has just begun. The first round of reports for the Canberra, Ord, Perth and Sydney regions is now available from the Bureau’s website.

New regional summaries have been added to the 2012 Account to provide a snapshot of each region, including its climate, surface water storage, urban water supply and irrigation supply for the year.

The Daly region in the Northern Territory is a new addition. It is an area under considerable developmental pressure whilst having significant environmental and cultural water values.

The Melbourne and South East Queensland reports will become available in mid-August and the Adelaide, Daly and Murray–Darling Basin regions will follow in mid-September.

The National Water Account provides a picture of water resources management for the previous financial year for a selection of nationally-significant water use regions across Australia.

The 2012 Account marks the third National Water Account published by the Bureau under the Water Act 2007 and is prepared in partnership with over
35 collaborators, including State and Territory government agencies, water utilities and other water agencies.

Access the National Water Account 2012
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New Intensity–Frequency–Duration design rainfalls

  Thumbnail image of stormwater infrastructure, at Melrose Drive, WodenThe new Intensity–Frequency–Duration (IFD) design rainfalls provide more accurate design rainfall estimates for Australia by combining contemporary statistical analyses and techniques with the expanded rainfall database. 

Recently released by the Bureau, the new IFDs are based on a more extensive database, with nearly 30 years’ additional rainfall data and data from 2,300 extra rainfall stations.
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Accessing environmental products and services

  Thumbnail of the Environmental Information Product and Services DirectoryFinding environmental information products and services has been simplified with the release of the Bureau’s Environmental Information Products and Services Directory. 
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Pacific adventures of the Climate Crab

  Thumbnail of the climate crabA new animated short film that integrates climate science and disaster preparedness has recently been launched.

The Pacific Adventures of the Climate Crab, a humorous four minute video, stars a comical crab and follows her escapades across the Pacific, where these island countries can experience very wet or very dry conditions as a result of El Niño and La Niña.
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MetEye—your eye on the environment

  Thumbnail of MetEye advertisingThere is a new ‘eye on the environment’ with the release of the Bureau’s new interactive weather resource, MetEye. Unveiled by former Environment Minister Tony Burke in June, MetEye is a state-of-the-art, map-based platform which brings together the most popular elements of the Bureau’s website. 
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Remote station climate records

  Thumbnail image of Emperor Penguins on their breeding grounds near Mawson Station, Antarctica. Image supplied by Renae BakerDo you know the Bureau has high-quality, ground-based temperature records for eight locations on remote Australian islands and in the Australian Antarctic Territory? 
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Twenty makes seventy seasonal streamflow locations

  Thumbnail of Mitta Mitta River, Hinnomunjie (a forecast location in eastern Victoria)Twenty new locations have been added to the Bureau’s seasonal streamflow forecasting service—including the first for the Northern Territory—meaning forecasts are now issued for 70 locations every month. 
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Bureau and CSIRO win 2013 ACT iAward

  Thumbnail of 2013 iAwards logoThe Bureau and CSIRO won the Government category of the 2013 ACT iAwards, held in Canberra in June. The award was given for a project undertaken as part of the National Plan for Environmental Information Initiative, for publishing the Australian Climate Observations Reference Network–Surface Air Temperature dataset as ‘linked data' under 
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