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Bureau issues climate outlooks for June to August 2016

26/05/2016 - National

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

Above-average rainfall is likely across large parts of mainland Ausralia.

Warmer-than-average days are likely for the tropical north and parts of southeast Australia however it will be cooler in the southern mainland.

The current outlook reflects the combination of increasing odds for La Niña and a negative Indian Ocean Dipole. It also... read more...

El Nino ends as tropical Pacific Ocean returns to neutral

24/05/2016 - National

The tropical Pacific Ocean has returned to a neutral El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) state. Sea surface temperatures across the tropical Pacific have cooled to neutral levels over the past fortnight, supported by much cooler-than-average waters beneath the surface.

In the atmosphere, indicators such as the trade winds, cloudiness near the Date Line, and the Southern Oscillation Index have also returned to neutral levels.

Outlooks suggest...

Database issue affecting Bureau systems resolved

20/05/2016 - National

An internal database issue affecting Bureau of Meteorology systems this morning has been resolved.

The fault affected Bureau systems for several hours through the morning of 20 May 2016.

Members of the public visiting the Bureau's website may have noticed delays in observations data.

The Bureau has contingency arrangements in place and continued to provide priority meteorological services through the outage.

The Bureau regrets any inconvenience...

Bureau statement on database interaction issue affecting its systems

20/05/2016 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology is experiencing a database interaction issue which is affecting its systems, including preventing updates to its website.

Technicians are working to rectify the problem. It is difficult to estimate how long this will take.

Forecasts issued on the Bureau's website remain current. The observations on the Bureau's website, including radar images, are affected by the outage and are either not available or not... read more...