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Bureau confirms tropical Pacific now at El NiƱo levels

12 May 2015 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest update on the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) today confirms El Niño thresholds have been reached in the tropical Pacific for the first time since March 2010.

Assistant Director for Climate Information Services, Mr Neil Plummer, said El Niño is often associated with below average rainfall across eastern Australia in the second half of the year, and warmer than average daytime temperatures over the southern half of the country.

“The onset of El Niño in Australia in 2015 is a little earlier than usual. Typically El Niño events commence between June and November,” Mr Plummer said.

“Prolonged El Niño-like conditions have meant that some areas are more vulnerable to the impact of warmer temperatures and drier conditions.

“The failed northern wet season in 2012–13, compounded by poor wet seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15,... read more...

National Water Performance Report shows shift to diverse water sources

07 May 2015 - National

A report comparing the performance of 78 nation-wide urban water utilities during 2013–14 has been released by the Bureau of Meteorology today, highlighting an increased reliance on diversified water sources in Australia’s highly variable climate.

The National performance report 2013–14: urban water utilities is the ninth in a series of national urban water performance reports.

Dr Ian Prosser, Assistant Director Water Information Services...

All Bureau forecast and warning services are up-to-date

05 May 2015 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology is continuing to deliver all forecast and warning services during industrial action which some staff members started today as part of an Enterprise Agreement process.

The Bureau’s head of Hazards Warnings and Forecasts, Dr Ray Canterford, said our highest priority is to continue to deliver timely forecasts and warnings as we are required to do by law.

“We have a number of well-established contingencies in place to ensure... read more...

Northern NSW to feel the brunt of East Coast Low overnight

01 May 2015 - NSW

Severe weather warnings have been issued today for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and very heavy surf for the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands regions. Communities in the affected area include Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Lismore, and Coffs Harbour.

The conditions are caused by an intense low pressure system, often referred to as an East Coast Low, which is expected to move southwards along the Queensland coast and into New South Wales early on... read more...