1345.4 - SA Stats, Feb 2011  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/02/2011   
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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.

Rainfall Anomalies
Diagram: Rainfall Anomalies

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


The Bureau of Meteorology reported near, if slightly drier than average, January 2011 rainfall in the Adelaide and hills region. As a result, reservoir storage levels fell to 79% of capacity by the end of January. This level is considerably higher than levels available in January 2010 (68%), and January 2009 (70%).

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