THE CLIMATE KELPIE BLOG

Some parts of southern Australia have received enough winter rainfall to make a reasonable start to the season. But for many, dry conditions are persisting and it’s the cool water in the Indian Ocean to our north west that is a major driver of these conditions. “Where you get warmer than average water is where […]
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Recent improvements in modelling and the Bureau of Meteorology’s supercomputer, have allowed the Bureau to identify a change in air temperature high above the South Pole that is likely to impact on Australia’s weather through to January. In the last week of August, temperatures in the Antarctic stratosphere began warming at a much faster rate […]
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Land managers usually have a pretty good idea of how the season is panning out. But when it comes to making important decisions it really pays to add some concrete data to the mix. The Australian CliMate app is a tool designed to put vital climate data into the hands of decision makers. Feedback has […]
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There are pretty long odds on keeping cattle productive when the northern wet season fails to deliver. But Queensland cattle producer, Ian MacGibbon, has a strategy to meet that challenge head on. “You don’t make money speculating on rainfall,” he says, “managing risk by managing costs is vital.” His 13,700-hectare property is spread between St […]
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Climate variability is one of the biggest challenges in agriculture. One season too dry; the next too wet. From frost to heatwaves, each extreme has its own risk. While it is impossible to control the weather, a better understanding of climate risk can help primary producers minimise its potential to impact on their business. A […]
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