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Record April rain soaks southern states

Grain Central, 21 April 2017

Two months’ worth of rain has fallen in the agricultural regions of South Australia and Victoria during the last 24 hours, with some areas breaking records for this time of the year.

El Niño 50:50 bet as eastern Pacific waters warm

Grain Central, 13 April 2017

While the tropical Pacific remains neutral in terms of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), there are signs El Niño may develop in 2017.

Debbie delivers handy rains for inland croppers, minus the destruction

Neil Lyon, 03 April 2017

Cyclone Debbie, which brought destructive winds and flooding to the coastal regions of southern Queensland and north east NSW last week, produced more benign, beneficial rainfall for much of the inland grain belt from Central Queensland to north west NSW.

Indian Ocean Dipole demands equal rights with Pacific’s ENSO

Neil Lyon, 23 March 2017

Australian grain growers should take into account both the Pacific Ocean El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) index and the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) when assessing the climate outlook for winter cropping seasons.

… while the West kicked off with cool, flooding rains

Grain Central, 23 February 2017

While south-eastern Australia sweltered through record heatwaves over summer, Western Australia recorded a cool, wet start to the year with widespread flooding across the south-west.

Australia’s climate in 2016 – a year of two halves as El Niño unwound

Guest Author, 09 January 2017

For Australia’s climate, 2016 was a year of two halves. The year started with one of the strongest El Niño events on record; the opening months were generally hot and dry; from May onwards there was a dramatic change in the pattern, with heavy rain and flooding; overall temperatures were the fourth warmest on record, capping off Australia’s hottest decade.

Drier and warmer as La Nina pattern fades

Neil Lyon, 07 December 2016

The development of a La Niña weather pattern – which typically means increased rainfall, cooler maximum temperatures and greater cyclone activity – is no longer likely in the coming months, according to the latest outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Western Australia boosts weather radar coverage

Grain Central, 19 October 2016

Radar images showing real-time rainfall and wind conditions across the south-central Great Southern region of Western Australia are now available online from the State’s newest Doppler radar site at Newdegate.

More cyclones expected across northern Australia this year

Grain Central, 10 October 2016

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a return to a more active tropical cyclone season in 2016–17.

Are we heading for a La Niña Modoki?

Guest Author, 06 October 2016

This spring and coming summer could herald the arrival of an El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climatic condition called La Niña Modoki which could potentially assist moisture flow into the central and northern farming areas of eastern Australia.