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Melbourne port of call for world weather

28/04/2016 - VIC

When passengers recently boarded the cruise Ship 'Pacific Eden' at Station Pier in Melbourne, little did they know their holiday voyage would also play an important role in forecasting world weather.

The ship is the latest in a fleet of 60 international vessels whose crews voluntarily collect information for the Bureau of Meteorology about wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, pressure, ocean conditions and visibility at sea.

Some ships also drop...

Bureau issues Climate Outlooks for May to July 2016

28/04/2016 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology today issued its monthly and seasonal climate outlooks for May to July 2016.

May to July favours above-average rainfall likely for large parts of mainland Australia and warmer-than-average days likely for the tropical north and parts of southern Australia.

Climate influences include a rapidly weakening El Niño, a very warm Indian Ocean, and warm sea surface temperatures around much of Australia.

Monthly and seasonal

El Nino declining; 50% likelihood of La Nina later in 2016

12/04/2016 - National

While the 2015–16 El Niño remains at weak to moderate levels, recent changes in the tropical Pacific Ocean and atmosphere, combined with current climate model outlooks, suggest the likelihood of La Niña in 2016 has increased to around 50%.

As a result, the Bureau's ENSO Outlook status has moved to La Niña WATCH.

Temperatures below the Pacific Ocean surface have declined since late 2015, with all but the top 50 metres now cooler... read more...

Hi-tech radar upgrade to boost North-west Tasmania weather forecasts

06/04/2016 - TAS

The West Takone weather watch radar has today been replaced with a new, state-of the-art radar that provides more frequent, more detailed rainfall images and Doppler wind data.

The radar's images are almost twice as frequent and now arrive every six minutes.

The radar will provide uninterrupted 24 hour weather watch coverage to the North-west Tasmania region and, in the wake of this summer's bushfires, the service upgrade is a boost to Tasmania's weather... read more...