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Spring Outlook: wetter than average spring likely for most of Australia

27/08/2020 - National

Please note: The Bureau's 2020 Spring Outlook is scheduled for release at 10am today (Thursday, 27 August). The official winter summaries will be released Tuesday, 1 September.

Download a video and audio interview with Bureau Manager of Climate Operations Dr Andrew Watkins discussing the spring outlook and preliminary information about winter: read more...

Bureau of Meteorology raises ENSO Outlook status to La Nina ALERT

18/08/2020 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology has today raised its El Niño-Southern Oscillation Outlook to La Niña ALERT status, meaning the chance of a La Niña occurring this year has increased to 70 per cent, roughly three times the normal likelihood.

The Bureau’s Manager of Climate Operations, Dr Andrew Watkins, said La Niña typically... read more...

50 Years of rainfall observations have been a total Blessing

18/08/2020 - National

Blessington resident, Ian Dickenson, fell into the role of volunteer rainfall observer for the Bureau of Meteorology's Musselboro (Elverton) Station in September 1969 after receiving an offer he couldn't refuse.

"I purchased a farm in Blessington with the support of my family and arrived after the previous owners had left the property," Mr Dickenson said.

"I noticed there was a note left on the sink with the BOM literature advising me that this was now my job."

And...

AUDIO NEWS RELEASE: Snow, wind and rain for Tasmania

03/08/2020 - TAS

Senior Meteorologist Simon Louis discusses Tasmania's forecast for the coming days.

Download audio here, current at noon on 3 August 2020.