THE CLIMATE KELPIE BLOG: ‘My Rain Gauge is Busted’ podcast series

Posted by BCG on 23rd June 2021

The team that brought you the Fast Break newsletter and Very Fast Break YouTube video, now brings you ‘My Rain Gauge is Busted’ – the podcast.

You can listen to ‘My Rain Gauge is Busted’ wherever you usually get your podcast or listen in 🎧 here.

In this podcast we talk about all things climate and farming, and explore stories from farmers, researchers and innovative folk, about our weather, the seasons and the climate, about what’s normal and what isn’t, and the great work underway that is setting us up for the future.

In episode one we start by talking about some of the history and the projects in Agriculture Victoria that have brought us to where we are today regarding decision making on-farm with seasonal variation and climate in mind. You will be introduced to the talented people behind the Fast Break and Very Fast Break who have been communicating climate science since 2005. But even if you haven’t heard of these products before, the team welcomes you to their newest creation.

Sea surface temperature is the measurement of the ocean’s emotion and an important aspect of seasonal forecasting. In episode two we talk to Helen Beggs, Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Meteorology, about the history and use of sea surface temperature data. Without sea surface temperature being checked all over the world by boats and buoys (and even a few fast swimmers), seasonal weather forecasting would be a whole lot more difficult. This information is incredibly useful for researchers and farmers alike and forms the basis of seasonal forecasting and climate modelling.

Rounding out the first three episodes we talk about all things La Niña. La Niñas are a frequent feature of the climate in southeastern Australia, so in this episode we talk to the face of the Very Fast Break Dale Grey about past La Niña events, how a La Niña forms and how that affects seasonal conditions. No doubt you have heard the terms La Niña and El Niño. And while these drivers are typically associated with wetter and drier conditions respectively, this is not always the case.

Agriculture Victoria Seasonal Risk Agronomist Dale Grey

Future episodes include the difference between weather, seasonal forecasts and climate models, soil moisture, positive Indian Ocean Dipole, frost and different types of seasonal forecast models.

For more episodes in the series, find us and subscribe wherever you get your podcast. We would love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment or rating and share this series with your friends and family. You can find more helpful links in the show notes for each of the episodes and you can get in contact with us at

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