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23 Jan

ENSO Outlook lowered to El Nino Watch

The Bureau of Meterology has lowered its ENSO Outlook to El Niño…

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.

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08 Jan

Cyclone Penny weakens to tropical low

Photo: Bureau of Meteorology Ex-tropical cyclone Penny is forecast to bring heavy rain…
13 Dec

Cyclone Owen reaches category three strength in the Gulf

Photo: Bureau of Meteorology Severe Tropical Cyclone Owen has developed into a…

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Active Disaster List

Disaster Location Disaster Type Date Declared
Mackay Regional Fire 30 November, 2018
Livingstone Shire Fire 30 November, 2018
Rockhampton Regional Fire 30 November, 2018
Gladstone Regional Fire 30 November, 2018
North Burnett Regional Flood 24 October, 2017
Bundaberg Regional Flood 24 October, 2017
Whitsunday Regional Cyclone 5 April, 2017
Isaac Regional Cyclone 5 April, 2017
Central Highlands Regional Cyclone 5 April, 2017
Lockyer Valley Regional Flood 5 April, 2017
Scenic Rim Regional Flood 5 April, 2017
Logan City Flood 5 April, 2017
Gold Coast City Flood 5 April, 2017
Balonne Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Banana Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Barcaldine Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Barcoo Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Blackall Tambo Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Boulia Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Bulloo Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Charters Towers Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Cherbourg Aboriginal Drought 1 January, 2016
Diamantina Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Flinders Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Gooniwindi Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Isaac Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Lockyer Valley Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Longreach Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Maranoa Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
McKinlay Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Murweh Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Paroo Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Quilpie Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Richmond Shire Drought 1 January, 2016
Somerset Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
South Burnett Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Southern Downs Regiona Drought 1 January, 2016
Toowoomba Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Whitsunday Regional Drought 1 January, 2016
Winton Shire Drought 1 January, 2016

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BOM Climate and Weather Workshop – Gayndah

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.

Lunch Provided!

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.

BOM Climate and Weather Workshop – Taroom

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.

Lunch Provided!

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.

BOM Climate and Weather Workshop – Rockhampton

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.

Lunch Provided!

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.