Weekly update - 22 November 2018

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Weekly ​Australian Climate,
Water and Agricultural Update

Key issues

  • During the week ending 21 November 2018 rainfall was recorded across scattered areas of eastern, central and northern Australia.
  • In cropping regions, rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres were recorded in parts of central and northern New South Wales and parts of central and northern Queensland. For remaining cropping regions, little or no rainfall was recorded.
  • For the week ending 20 November 2018, maximum and minimum temperatures were generally average, with areas of 2°C to 6°C above average maximum and minimum temperatures across much of New South Wales, south-western Queensland, parts of eastern South Australia, parts of Western Australia and the south-east of the Northern Territory.
  • During the next eight days, rainfall is expected to be restricted to the north and far south of the country.
  • In cropping regions, rainfall totals of between 1 and 15 millimetres are expected across most of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Lower falls of between 1 and 10 millimetres are forecast for South Australia and southern Western Australia. Little to no rainfall is forecast for the remainder of Western Australia during the next 8 days.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) decreased during the week ending 22 November 2018 by 135 gigalitres (GL) to 10,678 GL and are at 47 per cent of total capacity.
  • Allocation prices in the southern Murray-Darling Basin increased in the week ending 22 November 2018 to $398 per ML. This is an increase of $2 from the same time last week.

Climate

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Rainfall this week

During the week ending 21 November 2018 rainfall was recorded across scattered areas of eastern, central and northern Australia. Rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres were recorded across parts of northern and eastern New South Wales, eastern Victoria, parts of central, southern and northern Queensland, isolated areas of South Australia and parts of northern Western Australia. Similar totals were recorded across Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

Higher rainfall totals in excess of 50 millimetres were recorded across parts of south-east Queensland, western Tasmania and parts of north and central Northern Territory.

In cropping regions, rainfall totals were highly variable. Falls of between 10 and 50 millimetres were recorded in parts of central and northern New South Wales and parts of central and northern Queensland. For remaining cropping regions, little or no rainfall was recorded.

Rainfall analysis for the week ending 21 November 2018

Map showing weekly rainfall totals in Australia. Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description. 

©Commonwealth of Australia 2018, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 21/11/2018

Note: The rainfall analyses and associated maps utilise data contained in the Bureau of Meteorology climate database, the Australian Data Archive for Meteorology (ADAM). The analyses are initially produced automatically from real-time data with limited quality control. They are intended to provide a general overview of rainfall across Australia as quickly as possible after the observations are received. For further information go to Weekly Rainfall Update.

Temperature anomalies this week

For the week ending 20 November 2018, maximum and minimum temperatures were generally average. Areas of 2°C to 6°C above average maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded across much of New South Wales, south-western Queensland, parts of eastern South Australia, parts of Western Australia and the south-east of the Northern Territory.

Maximum temperature anomalies for the week ending 20 November 2018

Map showing maximum temperature anomalies for Australia. Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description 

©Commonwealth of Australia 2018, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 21/11/2018

Minimum temperature anomalies for the week ending 20 November 2018

Map showing minimum temperature anomalies for Australia. Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description. 

©Commonwealth of Australia 2018, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 21/11/2018

Note: Spatial temperature analyses are based on historical weekly temperature data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. These temperature anomaly maps show the departure of the maximum and minimum temperatures from the average over the 1961 to 1990 reference period. For further information go to Daily maximum temperature for Australia.

Rainfall forecast for the next 8 days

During the next eight days, rainfall is expected to be restricted to the north and far south of the country.

Rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres are forecast for parts of south-eastern New South Wales, eastern and southern Victoria, parts of northern and south-eastern Queensland, parts of the north-east and south-west of Western Australia, Tasmania and the north of the Northern Territory.

In cropping regions, rainfall totals of between 1 and 15 millimetres are expected across most of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Lower falls of between 1 and 10 millimetres are forecast for South Australia and southern Western Australia. Little to no rainfall is forecast for the remainder of Western Australia during the next 8 days.

This rainfall forecast is produced from computer models. As it contains no input from weather forecasters, it is important to check local forecasts and warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Total forecast rainfall (mm) for the period 22 to 29 November 2018

Map of the total forecast rainfall for the next 8 days. Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description. 

©Commonwealth of Australia 2018, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 21/11/2018

Commodities

Current indicators – 15 November 2018

Indicator Week ended Unit Latest price Price week prior Weekly change Price 12 months prior Year on year change Chart

Selected world indicator prices

Australian Dollar – AUD/USD Exchange Rate 14-Nov US$/A$ 0.72 0.72 0% 0.76 -5%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Wheat – US no. 2 hard red winter wheat, fob Gulf 13-Nov US$/t 235 237 <1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 223 5%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Coarse Grains – US no. 2 yellow corn, fob Gulf 14-Nov US$/t 162 164 -1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 148 9%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Canola – Rapeseed, Europe, fob Hamburga 13-Nov US$/t 431 430 <1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 438 -2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Cotton – Cotlook 'A' Index 14-Nov USc/lb 87.1 87.7 <1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 79.6 9%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Sugar – Intercontinental Exchange, nearby futures, no.11 contract 14-Nov USc/lb 12.8 13.2 -3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 15.0 -15%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Wool – Eastern Market Indicator 08-Nov Ac/kg clean 1,776 1,854 -4%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 1,681 6%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Wool – Western Market Indicator 09-Nov Ac/kg clean 1,931 2,005 -4%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 1,722 12%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart

Selected domestic crop indicator prices

Milling Wheat – ASW1, track quote, Port Adelaide, SA 13-Nov A$/t 375 377 <1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 232 62%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Feed Wheat – General purpose, Sydney, NSW 14-Nov A$/t 440 450 -2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 253 74%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Feed Barley – Sydney, NSW 14-Nov A$/t 435 435 0% 251 73%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Canola – Portland, Vic. 29-Oct A$/t 597 na na 536 11%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Grain Sorghum – Sydney, NSW 14-Nov A$/t 410 410 0% 309 33%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart

Selected domestic livestock indicator prices

Beef – Eastern Young Cattle Indicator 08-Nov Ac/kg cwt 519 535 -3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 579 -10%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Mutton – Mutton indicator (18-24 kg fat score 2-3), Vic 09-Nov Ac/kg cwt 415 422 -2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 451 -8%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Lamb – Eastern States Trade Lamb Indicator 08-Nov Ac/kg cwt 678 711 -5%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 628 8%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Pig – Eastern Seaboard (60.1-75 kg), average of buyers & sellers 02-Nov Ac/kg cwt 280 279 <1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 276 1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Goat – Eastern States (12.1-16 kg) 12-Nov Ac/kg cwt 538 538 0% 486 11%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Live cattle – Light steers ex Darwin to Indonesia 10-Nov Ac/kg lwt 310 310 0% 330 -6%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Live sheep – Live wether (Muchea WA saleyard) to Middle East 05-Nov $/head 100 108 na 105 -5%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart

Global Dairy Trade weighted average pricesa

Dairy – Whole milk powder 06-Nov US$/t 2,655 2,729 -3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 2,852 -7%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Skim milk powder 06-Nov US$/t 1,997 1,977 1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 1,818 10%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Cheddar cheese 06-Nov US$/t 3,250 3,404 -5%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 4,001 -19%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Anhydrous milk fat 06-Nov US$/t 5,044 5,106 -1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 6,894 -27%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart

a Global Dairy Trade prices are updated twice monthly on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Selected world indicator prices
Selected domestic crop indicator prices
Selected domestic livestock indicator prices
Global dairy trade weighted average prices
Movements in selected fruit and vegetable prices
Data attribution

Water

Water storages, water markets and water allocations - current week

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