A recent BOM chart showing the chance of exceeding median rainfall between October 3-9 … but what does it all mean? (Graph: BOM)

September 29, 2020

The Bureau of Meteorology always gets it rainfall forecasts wrong, right? Well, no, maybe they are just a bit confusing at times …

According to statistics gathered by the Northern Australia Climate Program, about seven out of 10 producers who attended their workshops were not accurately reading BOM forecasts prior to attending the workshops.

In a bid to help producers make a more effective use of the forecasting tools available, a new online climate course has been developed by the University of Southern Queensland and endorsed by Meat and Livestock Australia and the State Government.

The short climate training course has been developed to educate producers and landholders about the important climate drivers for Northern Australia and aims to provide them with information to correctly interpret and use forecasting as a productive tool in decision-making.

It covers:

  • El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)
  • Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD)
  • Madden Julien Oscillation (MJO)
  • Interpreting the forecast.

More information is available online


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