1345.4 - SA Stats, Aug 2010  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/08/2010   
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According to the Bureau of Meteorology's Seasonal Climate Summary for South Australia, Autumn 2010 produced generally warmer than average temperatures and above average rainfall across most of the state.

Much of the rainfall recorded over the season was as a result of an event in early April and in the last week of May.

Almost all pastoral districts received above average rainfall. The highest autumn rainfall in these areas was recorded in Andamooka with 177.4mm, more than three times the autumn average of 45.3mm.

Rainfall totals were generally above average over agricultural districts, though coastal locations were near average, with rainfall totals typically between 80 to 140mm.

Rainfall Anomalies
Diagram: Rainfall Anomalies

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


The total water storage in Adelaide's reservoirs rose slightly in July 2010 to end the month at 56% of capacity. Despite this rise, reservoir levels are considerably lower than the capacity available in the corresponding period of the previous year (73% in July 2009), but higher than for the same time in 2008 (51%).

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