Rainman StreamFlow

Rainman StreamFlow is a decision-support tool that helps farmers to predict rainfall at a specific location within a specified time period.

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Who this tool is for

Farmers throughout Australia.

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Questions this tool answers

•What is the chance of a season break happening by a certain date if I receive X mm of rain within Y number of days?
•What is the chance of getting more than X mm rainfall this coming season?
  • What is the chance of a season break happening by a certain date if I receive X mm of rain within Y number of days?
  • What is the chance of getting more than X mm rainfall this coming season?

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What this tool does

Rainman StreamFlow is a software package that uses historical weather records to forecast seasonal rainfall and streamflow.

Weather records used are from:

  • 3800 rainfall locations
  • 400 streamflow gauging stations

Forecasts are based on:

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Inputs

Historical data is included with Rainman StreamFlow but can be updated as follows:

  • Rainfall – you can update monthly data for all stations automatically over the internet for free.
  • Stream flow – you can manually update streamflow data if you have access to data from your state water department.
  • All climate data – you can subscribe to SILO and update all daily climate records.
  • You can enter daily data for your own farm.

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Outputs

Rainman StreamFlow displays results as tables, graphs and maps. Figures 1 and 2 are examples.

Figure 1. The chance of rain over 3 months at Emerald

Figure 1. The chance of rain within the next 3 months at Emerald

Figure 2. Rainfall in eastern Australia over the last 12 months

Figure 2. Rainfall in eastern Australia over the last 12 months

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Reliability

Rainman StreamFlow predicts rainfall based on historical data. As the climate changes, the outputs will reduce in value and accuracy.

It is most reliable for eastern and subtropical Australia because:

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History

Rainman StreamFlow was previously known as Rainman and Australian Rainman.

It was developed by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Queensland) under the leadership of Dr Jeff Clewett, starting in 1988. It has been continually improved since then.

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Support available

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Queensland) provides technical support.

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Where to get it

Download it from the web: Rainman StreamFlow

Email: Ross Ballin, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Queensland), for a version on CD

Phone: 07 4688 1468

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Cost

Free CD via email: Ross Ballin, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Queensland)

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