​Monthly rainfall

Rainfall for March 2017 was extremely high in eastern areas of New South Wales and Queensland. Rainfall was extremely high in central, south-western and northern parts of Western Australia and far south-eastern South Australia. Rainfall was extremely low to severely deficient in the remainder of South Australia and in isolated parts of western New South Wales, western Queensland, south-western Tasmania and southern parts of the Northern Territory.

In cropping regions, March rainfall was extremely high in parts of New South Wales and Queensland, well below average in South Australia, and average in Victoria and Western Australia.

Rainfall percentiles for March 2017

Map showing rainfall percentiles for March 2017. Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description.
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Note: Spatial rainfall percentile analyses are based on historical monthly rainfall data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. These rainfall percentile maps show how rainfall recorded during that given time period compared with the rainfall recorded for that same period during the entire historical record (1900 to present). Rainfall percentiles are a way of providing an indication of the spread of data in a data set. To calculate percentiles, the entire rainfall record at a certain point is divided into one hundred equal parts. The 5th percentile for March 2017 means that only five per cent of all Marches in the historical record have recorded a rainfall total that is at or below the rainfall recorded during March 2017. Dark blue areas on the maps are those areas that were wetter than the same time of year during the entire historical record, and dark red areas are drier. For further information, go to Australian Water Availability Project

Sourced from ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update (6 April 2017)

Last reviewed:
07 Apr 2017