1345.4 - SA Stats, Dec 2007  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/12/2007   
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The Bureau of Meteorology's Climate Summary for Spring 2007 reported that the season's rainfall was mostly below average to very much below average with some areas recording the lowest totals on record. The Pastoral Districts reported totals that were generally below average apart from some parts of the far northwest. In the Agricultural areas rainfall was patchy being near or above average over many areas, particularly the Mid North and Flinders districts, parts of Yorke Peninsula and southern coastal areas, but below average to very much below average over remaining areas.

On October 1, Adelaide's water restrictions were eased to allow for drippers and hand-held watering one day a week.

The following anomaly map highlights the deviation of rainfall from its long-period average for the location concerned. The 30 year average from 1961 to 1990 is used as the long term average.

SPRING RAINFALL ANOMALY MAP (September to November 2007), South Australia
Spring rainfall anomaly map (September to November 2007), South Australia
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology


The total water storage in Adelaide's reservoirs at 30 November 2007 (the end of winter and beginning of spring) was 80% of capacity, compared with 57% at the same time in 2006.

ADELAIDE'S RESERVOIR LEVELS, as a percentage of capacity, 30 November 2007
Adelaide's reservoir levels, as a percentage of capacity, 30 November 2007
Source: SA Water, daily reservoir levels