1345.4 - SA Stats, Oct 2010  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/10/2010   
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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


Run-off from the above average winter rains has continued to flow into Adelaide's reservoirs, with total water storage levels reaching 93% of capacity by the end of September 2010. This is slightly above storage volumes held at the end of September 2009 (90%), and considerably higher than water storage levels at the same time in 2008 (72%).

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