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Advancing Australia's Water Information
 
Rainfall and temperature outlook for January to March
 
Exposure Draft of Australian Water Accounting Standard 2
 
eReefs products previewed
 
Checking rainfall and river conditions across Australia
 
2012 WIRADA annual report now available
 
Nine new arrivals to Water Storage
 
Where is it dry?
 
Geofabric Version 2.1 released
 
Exploring environmental monitoring sites
 
Season's greetings from the Bureau of Meteorology
 
 

Climate and Water briefing presentations

The November 2012 National Climate and Water Briefing presentations are now available on the Bureau’s website. December 2012 presentations will be available from late December.
 

Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts

Streamflow forecasts for the 2012–2013 summer are favouring near median or low flows for the majority of forecast sites, and neutral conditions continue in the Pacific Ocean.
 

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 80.0% 80.4% 
ACT 90.3% 100.0%
NSW 77.1% 77.5%
NT 75.5% 80.6%
Qld 87.7% 90.7% 
SA 95.8% 90.7%
Tas 75.6% 69.9%
Vic 87.4% 80.5%
WA 75.8% 94.9%
     
Capital cities Latest Previous year
Adelaide 55.4% 71.6%
Brisbane 93.5% 78.8%
Canberra 95.7% 100.0%
Darwin 75.5% 80.6%
Hobart 96.2% 98.3%
Melbourne 81.2% 65.7%
Perth 24.7% 28.5%
Sydney 89.8% 80.5%
 
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Advancing Australia's Water Information

 
  Front cover of the Improving Water Information Program Progress Report 2012As we pass the half-way mark of the ten-year Improving Water Information Program, a comprehensive and reliable picture of Australia’s water resources is emerging.

The 2012 progress report describes progress towards the program's ten objectives and answers fundamental questions about Australia’s water resources.
 
 
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Rainfall and temperature outlook for January to March

 
  Map of Australia showing chance of above average temperatures, indicating warmer than average days are likely over northern and most of eastern Australia.The Bureau of Meteorology’s rainfall and temperature outlooks for January to March 2013 are now available on the Bureau's website.

The outlooks indicate that a drier than normal season is more likely for some parts of eastern Australia.
 
 
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Exposure Draft of Australian Water Accounting
Standard 2

 
 

Front cover of the Exposure Draft of Australian Water Accounting Standard 2The Bureau is seeking feedback on the recently released Exposure Draft of Australian Water Accounting Standard 2.

The Standard guides independent practitioners who are engaged to assure general purpose water account reports.

 
 
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eReefs products previewed

 
  Image of the IMOS 14-day Mosaic sea surface temperature anomalyOn 14 November 2012, over 40 key stakeholders joined the Hon Tony Burke, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities in a preview of products which will be delivered as part of the eReefs project. Watch the eReefs video.  
 
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Checking rainfall and river conditions across Australia

 
  Map of Australian showing rainfall and river conditionsThe Bureau of Meteorology is the national agency responsible for forecasting floods and issuing warnings in Australia. Our flood forecasting and warning team have been collecting and publishing rainfall and river level data on the Bureau website in near real-time for over 12 years. 
 
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2012 WIRADA annual report now available

 
  Front cover of the 2012 Water Information Research and Development Alliance annual reportThe 2011–2012 Water Information Research and Development Alliance annual report is now available. It highlights the significant achievements delivered by the joint Alliance partners—the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO.

During the past 12 months the Alliance, now in its fourth year, completed many projects, advanced new areas of research, and continued to turn research outputs into operational services.
 
 
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Nine new arrivals to Water Storage

 
  Graph showing Lake Ross water storage levelsNine major water storages, two managed by Townsville City Council in Queensland and seven managed by Coliban Water in Victoria, have been added to the Bureau’s Water Storage site.

The new additions bring the total number of water storages to 294.
 
 
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Where is it dry?

 
  Photo showing drought conditionsThe Bureau of Meteorology reports regularly on which parts of Australia have experienced low rainfall over medium to long periods of time. While formal drought declarations are handled by the state and federal governments, the Bureau keeps the nation informed of significant rainfall deficiencies which may impact communities, industries and farmers. 
 
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Geofabric Version 2.1 released

 
  Graphic showing the Geofabric Product stackThe release of Geofabric Version 2.1 includes a number of new features and an update of information.

The Australian Hydrological Geospatial Fabric (Geofabric) provides a framework for discovering, querying, reporting and modelling water information.
 
 
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Exploring environmental monitoring sites

 
  Screen shot of the Environmental Information Explorer websiteInformation from environmental monitoring sites across Australia is now available through the Bureau’s Environmental Information Explorer. Users of the web-based portal can identify where monitoring sites are located (e.g. stream gauges or weather stations), the observations and measurements taken, and the site operators and owners. 
 
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Season's greetings from the Bureau of Meteorology

 
  Season's greetings and best wishes for the New Year. Click to see a page describing our achievements for the year.  
     
 
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