Weekly update - 24 January 2019

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Water and Agricultural Update

Key issues

  • During the week ending 23 January 2019 rainfall was recorded across isolated areas of eastern New South Wales and large areas of northern Australia.
  • In summer cropping regions, rainfall of between 5 and 25 millimetres was recorded across the eastern and southern growing regions in New South Wales during the week ending 23 January 2019. Little to no rainfall was recorded in other summer cropping regions.
  • For the week ending 22 January 2019, maximum and minimum temperatures were generally well above average across much of the country. Maximum and minimum temperatures were between 4°C to 12°C above average across vast areas of central, western and south-eastern Australia.
  • During the next eight days, rainfall is expected to be restricted to the far south-east and the northern half of Australia.
  • A monsoon trough is developing to the north of Australia. It is expected to move slowly southwards and is likely to bring heavy rainfall to parts of the far north of the Northern Territory and Cape York Peninsula in Queensland during the next eight days.
  • In summer cropping regions, rainfall of between 1 and 10 millimetres is expected across parts of northern and eastern Queensland and southern regions of New South Wales. Little to no rainfall is expected across remaining summer cropping regions of Queensland and New South Wales.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) decreased by 244 gigalitres (GL) between 15 January 2019 and 21 January 2019. The current volume of water held in storage is 10,788 GL, which represents 43 per cent of total capacity.
  • Allocation prices in the southern Murray–Darling Basin increased from $398 per ML in the week ending 7 January 2019 to $459 per ML in the week ending 14 January 2019.

Climate

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Rainfall this week

During the week ending 23 January 2019 rainfall was recorded across isolated areas of eastern New South Wales and large areas of northern Australia. Rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres were recorded across scattered areas of eastern New South Wales, parts of northern Queensland, scattered areas of northern Western Australia and the north of the Northern Territory. Higher rainfall totals in excess of 50 millimetres were recorded across scattered areas of tropical northern Australia.

In summer cropping regions, rainfall of between 5 and 25 millimetres was recorded across the eastern and southern growing regions in New South Wales during the week ending 23 January 2019. Little to no rainfall was recorded in other summer cropping regions.

Rainfall analysis for the week ending 23 January 2019

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 2019, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 23/01/2019

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 22 January 2019, maximum and minimum temperatures were generally well above average across much of the country. Maximum and minimum temperatures were between 4°C to 12°C above average across vast areas of central, western and south-eastern Australia. Average (-2°C to 2°C) minimum and maximum temperatures were recorded across parts of eastern Queensland, the tropical northern Australia and the far west of Western Australia.

Maximum temperature anomalies for the week ending 22 January 2019

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: 23/01/2019

Minimum temperature anomalies for the week ending 22 January 2019

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: 23/01/2019

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 mainly restricted to the far south-east and northern half of Australia.

A monsoon trough is developing to the north of Australia. It is expected to move slowly southwards and is likely to bring heavy rainfall to parts of the far north of the Northern Territory and Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. Monsoon onset at Darwin typically occurs at the end of December with the latest onset date on record being 25 January 1973. Hence, if monsoon onset does not occur later this week, it will be the latest start to the monsoon in Darwin since records commenced in the 1957-58 wet season.

Rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres are forecast for parts of south-eastern New South Wales and eastern Victoria, and the northern halves of Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Heavier falls in excess of 50 millimetres are forecast for tropical northern Australia.

In summer cropping regions, rainfall of between 1 and 10 millimetres is expected across parts of northern and eastern Queensland and southern regions of New South Wales. Little to no rainfall is expected across other summer cropping regions of Queensland and New South Wales.

This rainfall forecast is produced from computer models. As the model outputs are not altered by weather forecasters, it is important to check local forecasts and warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Total forecast rainfall (mm) for the period 24 to 31 January 2019

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 2019, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 24/01/2019

Commodities

Current indicators – 24 January 2019

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 23-Jan US$/A$ 0.72 0.72 0% 0.80 -10%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 22-Jan US$/t 240 239 <1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 225 7%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Coarse Grains – US no. 2 yellow corn, fob Gulf 23-Jan US$/t 169 166 2%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 156 8%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Canola – Rapeseed, Europe, fob Hamburg 22-Jan US$/t 422 422 0% 422 0% chart
Cotton – Cotlook 'A' Index 23-Jan USc/lb 83.2 82.3 1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 93.6 -11%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Sugar – Intercontinental Exchange, nearby futures, no.11 contract 23-Jan USc/lb 12.9 13.0 <-1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 13.2 -2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Wool – Eastern Market Indicator 17-Jan Ac/kg clean 1,923 1,910 <1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 1,801 7%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Wool – Western Market Indicator 18-Jan Ac/kg clean 2,105 2,083 1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 1,860 13%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 22-Jan A$/t 352 367 -4%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 224 57%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Feed Wheat – General purpose, Sydney, NSW 23-Jan A$/t 440 440 0% 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 23-Jan A$/t 395 395 0% 281 41%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Canola – Portland, Vic. 29-Oct A$/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 23-Jan A$/t 360 370 -3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 410 -12%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart

Selected domestic livestock indicator prices

Beef – Eastern Young Cattle Indicator 17-Jan Ac/kg cwt 478 510 -6%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 553 -14%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 18-Jan Ac/kg cwt 441 410 8%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 408 8%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Lamb – Eastern States Trade Lamb Indicator 17-Jan Ac/kg cwt 651 669 -3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 623 4%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 04-Jan Ac/kg cwt 323 323 0% 278 16%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) 21-Jan Ac/kg cwt 580 580 0% 483 20%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 15-Dec Ac/kg lwt 325 325 0% 340 -4%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 03-Dec $/head 108  na  na 121 -11%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart

Global Dairy Trade (GDT) weighted average prices a

Dairy – Whole milk powder 02-Jan US$/t 2,777 2,705 3%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 3,010 -8%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Skim milk powder 02-Jan US$/t 2,405 1,970 22%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 1,818 32%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Cheddar cheese 02-Jan US$/t 3,504 3,371 4%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 3,486 <1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Anhydrous milk fat 02-Jan US$/t 5,294 5,137 3%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 6,547 -19%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

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