South Australian rainfall totals were generally slightly below average across much of South Australia this autumn, typically 60 to 80% of average, apart from the Mount Lofty Ranges and adjacent areas, the far western agricultural areas, and the south-western pastoral areas, which saw rainfall above average. Areas of above average totals in the west were quite patchy due to the rainfall coming from the combination of several events that were not widespread, but were up to twice the average in some locations.
This month's article provides an analysis of what effect reduced rainfall has had on the irrigation practices of wine growers in South Australia.
Source:3-monthly rainfall anomalies for South Australia, Australian Bureau of Meteorology
The total water storage in Adelaide's reservoirs at the end of May 2009 was 53% of capacity, compared to 44% at the same time in 2008.
TOTAL RESERVOIR STORAGE,
As a percentage of capacity, Adelaide
Source:SA Water daily reservoir levels