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1345.4 - SA Stats, Dec 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/12/2010   
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WATER


RAINFALL

According to the Bureau of Meteorology's Seasonal Climate Summary for South Australia, Spring 2010 was the second wettest spring on record, and below average temperatures were recorded across the state.

The above average spring rainfall was seen across a large part of South Australia due to a combination of simultaneous weather events not experienced since 1975.

Many South Australian sites experienced their highest total spring rainfall on record. The highest total rainfall for the state was recorded in Parawa (Second Valley Forest AWS), with 317.0mm.

Diagram: Rainfall

Source: 3-monthly rainfall anomalies for South Australia, Australian Bureau of Meteorology


RESERVOIR LEVELS

While Spring rainfall totals were well above average, the Bureau of Meteorology reported slightly below average rainfall across the metropolitan and hills areas in November 2010. Reservoir storage levels fell slightly to 85% of capacity by the end of November; equal to the level available in November 2009, but considerably higher than at the same time in 2008.

TOTAL RESERVOIR STORAGE, As a percentage of capacity, Adelaide
Graph: TOTAL RESERVOIR STORAGE, As a percentage of capacity, Adelaide


Source: SA Water daily reservoir levels


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