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Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders

12 June 2005

Frontal System brings some relief to drought areas


"Rainfall over the period 10-12 June (table) has seen some relief from the March to May rainfall deficiencies which have covered most of New South Wales and Victoria (Figure 1),"said Greg Hunt, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Over the period 11-12 June 2005, a frontal system moved over central NSW and northern Victoria. The weather system has lead to light to moderate widespread rain over most central districts of NSW during the period with some heavier falls in the Southern Tablelands, Southwest and Central West Slopes. The highest falls to 9am on 11 June were recorded in western New South Wales, northern Victoria and north western Tasmania on 10 June (Figure 2). Parts of southern central New South Wales and the north eastern Victoria received high rainfalls on the afternoon-evening of 11 June (Figures 3-4). The Snowy Mountains area received high rainfalls (up to 80mm) over both days.

"While some areas have seen heavy falls of up to 20-50mm (Hay-21.8mm, Canberra-39.2mm, Griffith-27.6mm, Bendigo-31.2), some of the worst affected areas have received falls which may not be sufficient to bring them out of their current deficiencies (Dubbo-14.6mm, Mildura-6.6mm, Swan Hill-12.6mm),"

Mr Hunt said. Mr Hunt stated that the rainfall recorded over the past two days is in some cases equal to (eg Canberra) or greater than (eg Wilcannia, Ivanhoe) the average total rainfall for the month of June, however in many areas the rainfall was still well below the June monthly average. (Figure 5 - Table).

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Location 24hr Rainfall to 9am 11 June 2005* 24 hr Rainfall to 9am 12 June 2005* Rainfall from 9am 10 June to 9 am 12 June Mean Monthly Rainfall June**
Tibooburra Airport (NSW) 20.0 0.0 20.0 16.4
Hay (NSW) 21.6 0.2 21.8 36.0
Wilcannia (NSW) 28.6 0.2 28.8 21.7
Ivanhoe (NSW) 37.8 0.0 37.8 26.1
Broken Hill (NSW) 3.6 0.0 3.6 13.8
Parkes (NSW) 4.2 9.8 14.0 49.0
Dubbo (NSW) 6.0 8.6 14.6 48.7
Griffith (NSW) 20.2 7.4 27.6 37.2
Orange (NSW) 0.8 36.0 36.8 97.8
Forbes (NSW) 5.8 16.0 21.8 43.4
Canberra (NSW) 0.0 39.2 39.2 39.3
Bathurst (NSW) 0.0 10.8 10.8 43.6
Tamworth (NSW) 0.0 41.0 41.0 49.3
Walgett (NSW) 4.4 18.2 22.6 -
Penrith (NSW) 0.0 0.6 0.6 -
Albury (NSW) 36.6 14.0 50.6 71.9
Bendigo (Vic) 31.2 0.0 31.2 54.4
Ballarat (Vic) 27.2 0.8 28.0 64.1
Swan Hill (Vic) 12.4 0.2 12.6 35.0
Mildura (Vic) 6.6 0.0 6.6 29.9
Horsham (Vic) 24.4 0.2 24.6 50.3
Thredbo (NSW) 28.6 40.0 68.6 168.1
Mt Hotham (Vic) 60.2 24.8 85.0 174.6
Burnie (Tas) 12.0 11.0 23.0 106.6
Devonport (Tas) 8.8 16.4 25.2 91.3
* Note: These current observations have not been quality controlled.
** Note: Based on period of record
map of australia showing areas of rainfall deficiency

Figure 1: Rainfall Deficiencies: 3 months
1 March to 31 May 2005

Distribution based on gridded data
Product of the National Climate Centre.

© Commonwealth of australia, Bureau of Meteorology

map of australia showing rainfall for 11 June 2005

Figure 2: Daily Australian rainfall analysis (mm)
Valid: 9AM 11 June 2005

Product of the National Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre.

© Commonwealth of australia, Bureau of Meteorology

map of australia (New South Wales) showing rainfall in the 24 hours to 9AM on 12 June 2005

Figure 3: 24 hour rainfalls - New South Wales
to 9AM 12 June 2005

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map of australia (Victoria) showing rainfall in the 24 hours to 9AM on 12 June 2005

Figure 4: 24 hour rainfalls - Victoria
to 9AM 12 June 2005

© Commonwealth of australia, Bureau of Meteorology

map of australia showing the average rainfall for June 2005

Figure 5: Average Rainfall for June 2005

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