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Northern Rivers 28-day Rainfall Forecast

Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
24
med
25
med
26
med
27
med
28
med
Mar 1
med
2
3
low
4
low
5
med
6
low
7
low
8
low
9
low
10
low
11
med
12
med
13
med
14
med
15
high
16
low
17
low
18
low
19
20
21
low
22
23
med
Chance of rainfall within district
nil
< 25%
low
25% to 50%
med
50% to 75%
high
≥ 75%

Issue Notes

The hemispheric long wave pattern has been relatively fast moving in recent weeks. There are five main troughs. Currently the most significant troughs are near the longitudes of South Africa, the Indian Ocean, Western Australia, the south Pacific, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Summary:
Over southern and eastern Australia the cold front events with potential to bring widespread rain are now expected about 7 March to 11 March, 13 March to 17 March, and 19 March to 23 March. Rain events originating in the tropics and moving south are possible about 2 March to 6 March, and 11 March to 15 March.
Over Western Australia the strongest cold fronts should occur about 4 March to 8 March, 8 March to 12 March, and 19 March to 23 March.

Issued Feb 23

Forecast Explanation

This forecast is produced by a multi-model ensemble consisting of dynamical atmospheric models, which are forced by the latest observed atmosphere, ocean, land and ice conditions. The models are designed to simulate features of the real atmosphere, including the daily movement of long and short wave patterns in the Southern Hemisphere.

The future probability of rain in each district is estimated using output from the multi-model ensemble, combined with historical information about the difference between the model forecasts and observed rainfall.

In this deterministic framework the skill of the forecast tends to decrease with time, however the forecasts are updated daily to provide the latest estimates of rainfall probability out to 28 days.

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