Northern Tablelands 28-day Rainfall Forecast

Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
12
13
14
15
16
low
17
low
18
19
20
21
low
22
med
23
24
25
med
26
med
27
low
28
low
29
low
30
low
May 1
2
3
4
5
6
low
7
8
med
9
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 remained stable in recent weeks. There are four main troughs. Currently the most significant troughs are near the longitudes of South Africa, the southwest Indian Ocean, eastern Australia, and the southeast Pacific.
Summary:
Over southern and eastern Australia the cold front events with potential to bring widespread rain are now expected about 25 April to 29 April, 1 May to 5 May, and 14 May to 18 May. Rain events originating in the tropics and moving south are possible about 20 April to 24 April.
Over Western Australia the strongest cold fronts should occur about 16 April to 20 April, 1 May to 5 May, and 14 May to 18 May.

Issued Apr 11

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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