THE CLIMATE KELPIE BLOG

Modern banking apps let us check our balance any time, which is important if you need to make a withdrawal. Soil moisture is just like money in the bank – great if you’ve got it, but when you are hoping to convert it into grain or feed it’s handy to know whether there is enough […]
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Extreme low pressures resulting in cyclonic winds, heavy rainfall and flooding sounds like something you’d expect in the tropics, but East Coast Lows can bring these tumultuous conditions to the southern part of Australia’s East Coast. These phenomena have been profiled as the most unpredictable of the Climate Dogs: Eastie. East Coast Lows near the […]
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Queensland Government Biosecurity Officer Tom Bowditch is looking forward to the public release of new Bureau of Meteorology climate forecasting tools that will fill a need for better medium-term forecasts. Tasked with coordinating an ambitious $5.8 million eradication program for Red Witchweed in the Mackay region, Tom credits his early access to the experimental forecasts […]
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In the words of that well-known armchair forecaster, Bob Dylan, ‘the times (and climate) they are a changing’, and this is just as true on the west coast as it is on the east. Over the last 50 years changes in Western Australia’s climate have increased average annual temperatures by one degree Celsius. While rain […]
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Climate models can help farmers get a feel for climate directions, but they don’t always agree and this can be a real challenge for on-farm planning. As NSW grower John Hamparsum says, “Climate is one of the main factors impacting a farming business. A farm is basically a factory without a roof on it and […]
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