Real-time rainfall can now be observed following the installation of automated monitoring systems (telemetry) at a number of rainfall stations across Eyre Peninsula.
The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula, and the Bureau of Meteorology partnered to manage a number of telemetered rain gauges in the region.
DEWNR monitoring operations manager Tim Branford said residents could now access the real-time data and historical rainfall data through a website called Water Connect.
“Through the water connect site, locals can look at the hourly rainfall from most of DEWNR’s rainfall sites across the state.”
With opening rains yet to fall across the Eyre Peninsula Mr Branford said the data would also be useful for farmers’ decision making.
“This new site will enable farmers to use the historic data to assist in their decision making around seeding by using other years’ records to assist in the timing of seeding, weed management, stock rotations and more.”
He said local authorities may also use the real-time data to prepare for emergency conditions.
He said the historical data would provide rainfall trends that might assist in decision making for councils and water authorities.
Monitored sites include Sleaford East, Neptune Island, Shoal Point, Cooroona Water Hole, Uley Ruins, Coomunga West, Coffin Bay Golf Course, Port Lincoln Airport, Toolillie, Coles Point, Cummins Airport, Cleve Airport, Birdseye Highway, Polda Pumping Station, Wudinna Airport and Minnipa.
Real time rainfall monitoring can be followed at www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/eyrepeninsula/land-and-water/managing-water-resources/rainfall-monitoring.
The Port Lincoln Times used some of the rainfall history data for 2017 from the Water Connect and Bureau of Meteorology websites to present the following information: