NW Pastoral 28-day Rainfall Forecast
|Chance of rainfall within district|
25% to 50%
50% to 75%
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, Western Australia, eastern Australia, New Zealand, and South America.
Over southern and eastern Australia the cold front events with potential to bring widespread rain are now expected about 9 December to 13 December, 23 December to 27 December, and 5 January to 9 January. Rain events originating in the tropics and moving south are possible about 7 December to 11 December, 27 December to 31 December, and 3 January to 7 January.
Over Western Australia the strongest cold fronts should occur about 9 December to 13 December, 23 December to 27 December, and 5 January to 9 January.
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.
A gusty cold front has brought entirely new weather to New South Wales in the last day, and even some late snow! Many a New South Welshman experienced a sweaty night's sleep last night after a hot day.
Despite recent rainfall across parts of western Queensland, residents will gather in the north-west today to pray for drenching rain.
For the last four years Central Australia's Elkedra cattle station has received around half its average annual rainfall or only 150 millimetres each year.