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The world’s first water accounting standard
 
What are the chances of severe weather this summer?
 
National Water Account 2011 released
 
Rob Vertessy named as new Bureau director
 
Groundwater ecosystems featured in new atlas
 
Climate data everywhere
 
New arrivals to Water Storage
 
 

Climate and Water briefing presentations

The September 2012 National Climate and Water Briefing presentations are now available on the Bureau’s website.
 

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The Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium in Sydney, 19–22 November. Dr Rob Vertessy will give the Munro Oration. Janice Green, who leads the Bureau’s work in revising Intensity–Frequency–Duration rainfall data, is a keynote speaker.

spatial@gov in Canberra, 21–22 November. Speakers from the Bureau include Dr Rob Vertessy, Director, and Elizabeth McDonald, Geofabric Project Manager.
 

Water storage levels

Map of Australia showing water storage icons

  Latest Previous year
  % full % full
Australia 84.8% 79.8% 
ACT 98.6% 96.6%
NSW 84.7% 74.4%
NT 80.2% 81.7%
Qld N/A 92.0% 
SA 93.7% 97.0%
Tas 77.3% 69.1%
Vic 90.6% 81.8%
WA 83.8% 95.1%
     
Capital cities Latest Previous year
Adelaide 65.3% 82.9%
Brisbane 96.3% 82.7%
Canberra 99.4% 98.3%
Darwin 80.2% 81.7%
Hobart 97.6% 99.5%
Melbourne 80.9% 63.1%
Perth 25.6% 29.0%
Sydney 93.2% 78.8%
 

Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts

Spring streamflow forecasts favour near median flows across two-thirds of forecast sites, while low spring flows are forecast at ten locations, including those in the Goulburn, Broken and Upper Murray basins.
 
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The world’s first water accounting standard

 
 
Front cover of the Australian Water Accounting Standard 1A world first was recognised on 8 October 2012 when the Australian Water Accounting Standard 1 was launched at the International RiverSymposium in Melbourne. The standard provides a cross-disciplined approach to water information reporting and guides the preparation and presentation of general purpose water account reports.
 
 
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What are the chances of severe weather this summer?

 
  Map of AustraliaThe severe weather outlook combines various indicators to give insight into the risk of bushfire, tropical cyclone, storms and flood.  Here is a summary of the outlook for the coming season. 
 
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National Water Account 2011 released

 
 
Map of Australia showing the National Water Account 2011Australia’s most comprehensive water information resource has been updated, with the National Water Account 2011 now available. It features water accounting reports for eight nationally significant regions: Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Murray–Darling Basin, Ord, Perth, South East Queensland and Sydney.
 
 
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Rob Vertessy named as new Bureau director

 
 
Photo of Dr Rob Vertessy, Director of the Bureau of Meteorology.Dr Rob Vertessy has been appointed Director of the Bureau of Meteorology. As many readers will know, Rob joined the Bureau in 2007 and established the Improving Water Information Program. His career spans more than 20 years as a senior water scientist and leading researcher.
 
 
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Groundwater ecosystems featured in new atlas

 
 
Photo of Mound Spring Oodnadatta track. Copyright Luke DohertyAn online atlas creating a consistent, national inventory of groundwater dependent ecosystems was launched in Canberra on 11 September 2012 by the Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator the Hon Don Farrell.
The Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Atlas, available on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website, is designed to help planners and decision-makers balance the need for development with the protection of groundwater sources and their dependent ecosystems.
 
 
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Climate data everywhere

 
 
Did you know you can get 100 years of monthly rainfall data for Preston Reservoir free on the Bureau’s website? Perhaps you’re interested in daily maximum temperatures for Alice Springs in the 1880s, or minimum temperatures at Perisher.

The Bureau’s Weather Station Directory provides all this and more.
 
 
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New arrivals to Water Storage

 
 
Graph showing water storage levels for the Fitzroy BarrageThree major water storages in the Rockhampton region have been added to the Bureau’s Water Storage site, bringing the total number of storages to 285.

New water storage Capacity
59,375 ML
2,896 ML
1,146 ML
 
 
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