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1345.4 - SA Stats, Sep 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/09/2010   
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WATER


RAINFALL

According to the Bureau of Meteorology's Seasonal Climate Summary for South Australia, Winter 2010 produced a colder and wetter than average season.

Winter began with below average June rainfall around the state, which was subsequently offset by above average rainfall in July, and above average to well above average rainfall in August.

Generally, agricultural districts received near average rainfall, with well above average rainfall falling in pastoral districts.

Rainfall totals were typically 100 to 200mm for the winter season, with the highest total for the state recorded at Uraidla in the Adelaide Hills with 561.8mm.

Diagram: Rainfall

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


RESERVOIR LEVELS

The total water storage in Adelaide's reservoirs rose sharply in August 2010 to end the month at 83% of capacity. The above avergage winter rains increased reservoir levels slightly above those in the corresponding month of the previous year (79% in August 2009) and considerably above the level for the same time in 2008 (66%).

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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