Long Paddock

Rainfall and pasture growth

Raw data used in our rainfall maps is provided courtesy of the Bureau of Meteorology.

Rainfall and rainfall percentile maps give us some idea of pasture production. However, the effectiveness of total rainfall over a particular period depends upon previous seasonal conditions, within seasonal rainfall distribution, rainfall intensity, temperatures, soil and pasture types, grazing pressures and time of year. Thus we are developing a series of maps showing simulated pasture growth, which should provide a more accurate picture of seasonal conditions.

Why monitor seasonal pastoral conditions?

WARNING: These maps are designed to provide useful information at locality scale; more detailed information is required when making decisions at specific locations.

The rainfall maps on this site are produced using grid interpolation techniques of the Science Delivery Division of the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI). Reference: Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data. Environmental Modelling & Software 16 (January 2001) pp 309-330. Stephen J. Jeffrey, John O. Carter, Keith B. Moodie, Alan R. Beswick).

See also: Bureau of Meteorology's official rainfall maps.

Last updated: 22 June 2010

Rainfall and pasture growth