The Seasonal Conditions Information Portal (SCIP) uses a technology that allows fast, stable transfer of data and information direct from the EDIS system to your computer.

The first piece of information on SCIP are time series of drought indices for every parish in NSW. To see how the CDI drought indices in your region have changed over time, visit SCIP and search for your location by Parish, County, or LLS region.

Other data and analysis of drought and seasonal conditions will be added to SCIP over time.

Drought indices over time by parish

The Combined Drought Indicator uses 3 indices to determine drought category at a given time:

  • Rainfall Index (RI),
  • Plant Growth Index (PGI)
  • Soil Water Index (SWI)

For a more comprehensive definition of the indices used, their data sources and understanding of the CDI process, detailed information can be found at About the NSW DPI Combined Drought Indicator.

Understanding Time Series Figures

On SCIP, you will find images containing historical EDIS drought indicator data back to January 2017 for every parish in New South Wales.

NSW DPI used these indices to develop the Combined Drought Indicator, which classifies each parish in NSW into one of five drought categories.

  • Non drought: At-least one indicator is above the 50th percentile (dotted grey line)
  • Recovering phase: All indicators are below the 50th percentile but above the 30th percentile
  • Drought Affected: At least one indicator is below the 30th percentile (solid grey line)
  • Drought: At least one indicator is below the 5th percentile (solid black line)
  • Intense Drought: All three indicators (rainfall, soil water, plant growth) are below the 5th percentile

Visit the summary table for more information.

This data will be updated once per week so keep checking back for updates for your region.

Instructions for using SCIP

  • This portal is not currently available on mobile devices
  • Visit the Seasonal Conditions Information Portal to redirect you to an external website.
  • Accept the Terms and Conditions by entering your e-mail and hitting Accept.
  • Click on the Weekly Parish Update Folder.
    • This folder contains time series figures for every NSW parish with the file name convention “X Parish, Y County (Z LLS)”
  • Use the ‘Filter files’ bar at the top and start typing the name of your parish/county/LLS. (++Need help finding your parish? See below.)
    • This will use a text match to find your region of interest.
  • Click on the file of interest to begin your high speed download. (**First time users , see instructions below)
    • By default, the file will download to your computer’s ‘Downloads’ folder.

**First time users: You will be prompted to download IBM Aspera Connect at the top of your browser window. This is a small browser plug-in that enables high-speed download of files.

  • To install, click ‘download latest version’
  • After download is complete, launch the installer and follow the prompts for a ‘Typical’ installation.
  • Refresh the Information Portal, and try clicking on your file again. Allow IBM Aspera to connect when prompted.
  • Your download should complete.

++Need help finding your parish? Use the map below to find your parish. You can either drag and scroll to your location or use the search bar at the top right to enter your address/location. Click on the region once it is centered in the map for a popup with parish information.