Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Milking the Weather Latest News

If you want to be proactive and manage your weather-related risks, instead of reacting to the season as it unfolds, then get on-board with a free subscription to the new Milking the Weather newsletter.

The Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has released the latest Milking the Weather Newsletter.

Each issue contains a wrap up of seasonal conditions for Victoria’s dairy areas, as well as a seasonal update and outlook incorporating the latest climate information.

SUMMARY - Climate indicators across the equatorial Pacific are currently near normal. Ocean temperatures, trade winds, the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) and cloudiness over the Pacific are all at neutral levels (neither La Niña nor El Niño).
• Many international climate models are predicting neutral conditions in the Pacific Ocean through winter and spring. A few models suggest a chance of warmer than normal conditions for spring (weak El Niño potentially arising).
• The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is currently neutral. A number of models are predicting a weak positive IOD event for winter/spring. If this was to eventuate there would be higher chance of drier conditions.

The current issue is yet to be released on line. For free subscription click here or email zita.ritchie@dpi.vic.gov.au or phone 0428 313 742

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