A weakening La Niña could mean a typical Australian summer for the south-east

A weakening La Niña could mean a typical Australian summer for the south-east

It’s the news most of south-east Australia has been waiting for: the big wet could be coming to an end. After nearly three years of rain and flood events the ensemble of wet climate drivers, led by a triple La Niña, is rapidly breaking down. In other words, ocean and wind patterns surrounding Australia either have … Read more

Drier weather on the cards in latest BOM update as Indian Ocean Dipole switches to neutral

Drier weather on the cards in latest BOM update as Indian Ocean Dipole switches to neutral

One of the climate factors that brought so much rain to eastern Australia has eased, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), as it forecasts some respite for flood-weary communities. Key points: BOM’s fortnightly climate driver update shows that the Indian Ocean Dipole is in neutral La Niña persists but is expected to shift to neutral in … Read more

Heavy rains in Queensland bring relief to some drought-hit farmers, others count cost after flash floods

Heavy rains in Queensland bring relief to some drought-hit farmers, others count cost after flash floods

More heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are on the way for regional Queensland as some areas mop up after an overnight drenching caused flash flooding, damage and SES callouts.    Key points: The BOM says forecasters are closely monitoring a trough that could develop into a low-pressure system today It comes after heavy falls in central … Read more

Climate Council report finds Queensland bears highest cost of climate disasters in Australia

Climate Council report finds Queensland bears highest cost of climate disasters in Australia

Queensland suffered more economic damage from extreme weather disasters than any other state or territory, and more extreme weather is on the way. Key points: Disasters have cost Queensland about $30 billion since the 1970s The former QFES commissioner says the disaster management system is under pressure Public infrastructure damage in south-east Queensland has cost $492 … Read more

Music festival organisers say this summer is ‘critical’ after years of COVID and La Niña interruptions

Music festival organisers say this summer is ‘critical’ after years of COVID and La Niña interruptions

Extreme weather is posing a challenge for outdoor festival organisers across Australia, dampening hopes this summer high season would revive a music industry hit by two years of COVID disruptions. Key points: Multiple events have already been cancelled this year due to bad weather A third consecutive La Niña brings the threat of another wet summer … Read more

Summer weather forecast wetter in some states and territories, average in others

Summer weather forecast wetter in some states and territories, average in others

Whether you are camping, going to the beach, house-boating or four-wheel driving, this summer is going to be wet and cool for some and hot and sunny for others.   Here’s what you can expect in each state and territory.  Queensland  The Sunshine State has been failing to live up to its name of late and this summer … Read more

BOM and the CSIRO State of the Climate 2022 report shows warming trends continue

BOM and the CSIRO State of the Climate 2022 report shows warming trends continue

Australia is continuing to warm. Extreme heat days continue to become more frequent, fire weather continues to ramp up and sea levels continue to rise.    Key points: National and global temperatures continue to rise despite the COVID-induced blip in emissions  Australia’s climate has now warmed by about 1.5 degrees Celsius since national records began in … Read more

Why is it raining so much and when is it going to stop?

Why is it raining so much and when is it going to stop?

It has been round after round after round of rain over the past few weeks, on top of all the rain of the past few years. So why is it just so wet out there? More importantly, when will it stop?  Where is all the moisture coming from?  There is always a lot going on up in … Read more

What is a ‘microburst’, where do they come from, and how can you prepare for one?

What is a ‘microburst’, where do they come from, and how can you prepare for one?

Alice Springs residents have a massive clean-up job ahead of them after the outback town was smashed by a powerful storm over the weekend.  In just a few moments, a chaotic downburst of wind and rain knocked over trees, blew off roofs and downed powerlines. Eyewitnesses say they were “terrified” by the ferocity of the storm’s … Read more

NSW flood: Forbes surveys damage from near-record flood as central west NSW towns brace for inundation

NSW flood: Forbes surveys damage from near-record flood as central west NSW towns brace for inundation

Receding floodwaters have begun revealing the extent of damage across central west New South Wales, including one of the main highways through the state.  Key points: Forbes experienced near-record flooding on Saturday and the town remains inundated by water Towns along the Barwon-Darling River will remain isolated for weeks Southern parts of Narrandera are isolated … Read more