The regular climate and water outlook videos cover rainfall, streamflow and temperature.
The website also allows you to look at a number of rainfall scenarios and
see the chance of specific rainfall amounts in your region.
A range of tools for the computer, iPhone and iPad that are "designed for decision makers whose business relies on the weather".
There are a number of climate analyses available that help you to answer a number of questions:
- How often? What is the chance of a sowing event based on amount of rainfall over 5 days? How often is a heat sum achieved in a set period of time? What is the probability of temperature being below a critical level for germination or flowering?
- How hot-cold? When determining an ideal sowing date, when are heat and cold stresses lowest for the optimum flowing time?
- Season’s progress? When adjusting inputs during a crop or pasture season, how does the current season compare with previous conditions in terms of rainfall, temperature, heat sum or radiation?
- How wet? N? How much water and nitrate have I stored over the fallow? This may help me adjust inputs to better match yield expectations.
- How likely? Based on current ENSO conditions, what is the probability that rainfall or temperature is greater than or less than key thresholds (e.g. terciles, median) and how reliable have these forecasts been in the past?
- How’s El Nino? What is the current ENSO status based on key atmospheric and oceanic indicators? What is the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s interpretation of this?
- How dry? Coming Soon! Based on recent rainfall records, are we likely to be facing a drought in the near future or are we in a drought now? And how do current dry conditions compare with previous droughts?
- How’s the Past? Presents views of monthly and annual rainfall and temperature summaries to allow you to explore relationships and patterns.
There are four key climate drivers at work in NSW and Victoria. Climate Dogs are a set of entertaining videos that explain these climate drivers in a way that is accessible and understandable.
Developed by the Victorian and NSW DPI's with the Bureau of Meteorology, the five sheepdogs round up the rainfall and the videos show how their behaviour affects moisture and rainfall.
Check out the videos below — they help farmers understand weather drivers and can assist in planning for the future.
The ENSO wrap-up analyses current conditions and indicators of El Niño and La Niña events.
Climate Kelpie has done a lot of the work for you, by rounding up and connecting Australian agriculture to "tools and information about climate to help you make decisions about your farm business".
As a "one stop shop" for climate risk management information and tools, the website has been designed specifically for farmers and farm advisors.
On the website, you can find information and decision-support tools on adapting to a more variable climate, as well as regional weather drivers for wherever you live in Australia. Also, the website provides case studies from over forty farmers across the country who have been recognised as Managing Climate Variability Climate Champions.
Climate Kelpie also brings together and explains a number of global climate models.