The Bureau of Meterology has lowered its ENSO Outlook to El Niño WATCH after recent observations and climate model outlooks suggested the immediate risk had passed.
The Tropical Pacific sea surface and sub-surface temperatures remain warmer than average, but since late 2018 they have cooled from El Niño-like values towards ENSO-neutral values.
Other atmospheric indicators including cloudiness, trade winds and the Southern Oscillation Index all continue to generally remain within the ENSO-neutral range.
However, there remains an increased likelihood that El Niño will develop later in 2019 with El Niño WATCH meaning there is a 50% chance of El Niño developing during the southern hemisphere autumn or winter.
While most climate models indicate ENSO-neutral conditions for the immediate future, the current ocean warmth and likelihood of ongoing warmer than average conditions mean the risk of El Niño remains.
The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is neutral but typically has little influence on Australian climate from December to April.
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
farmerdisastersupport.org.au is a website aimed at directing farmers to the assistance available. Both financial and mental health stresses can affect people during or after events such as drought, floods and cyclones. This website details the organisations, government departments and industry bodies that can help during these times.
If your region is not declared, sign up to our newsletter and we will keep you updated. If your region is not declared this does not rule you out of financial assistance– contact your industry body, QFF, QRIDA or DAF to discuss further options.
Input your postcode and select your industry in the search section on the homepage for results specific to your area and industry.
If you are in a declared zone you can apply straight away. If your zone isn’t declared please contact your industry body, QFF, QRIDA or DAF to discuss further options.
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation is the united voice of intensive agriculture in Queensland. It is a federation that represents the interests of peak state and national agriculture industry organisation which in turn collectively represent more than 13,000 farmers across Queensland.
QFF developed farmerdisastersupport.org.au with funding from the Queensland Government to assist farmers in navigating support networks available to them during times of disaster and drought. The aim of the website is to directly connect farmers with assistance available.
Dept of Agriculture and Fisheries
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation, AgForce Queensland, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) are delivering a series of workshops for primary producers and service providers.
BOM Meteorologists and Senior Forecasters Rick Threlfal and Michelle Berry will discuss the process of weather forecasting and what it means for primary producers. They will also demonstrate the use of the models and tools available on the BOM website and how to access climate and weather information.
DAF Senior Extension Officer Damien O’Sullivan will explain how to understand long-term climate forecasts, what to look for and how to understand some of Queensland climate drivers; and what to expect for the season ahead.
The workshop runs from 8.30am to 1.30pm. For more information or to register to attend visit Eventbrite. Please RSVP by Friday, 8 February 2019.