Qld Seasonal Rainfall Outlook: probabilities for July to September 2004, issued 17th June 2004

Increased falls more likely in northern Queensland for September quarter

There is a moderate shift in the odds towards above average three-month falls in north Queensland, the Bureau of Meteorology announced today. However, for the rest of the State, the shifts in the odds are too weak to offer any firm guidance as to the most likely outcome for September quarter rainfall.

The current pattern of outlook probabilities has been mostly influenced by recent temperature patterns in the Pacific Ocean.

For the July to September period, the chances of above median rainfall are between 60 and 65% over parts of northeast and north Queensland, north of Rockhampton (see map). So in years with ocean patterns like the current, about six September quarters out of ten are expected to be wetter than average in these parts of the State, with about four out of ten being drier.

probability of exceeding median rainfall - click on the map for a larger version of the map

However, it should be noted that July to September is the heart of the dry season across northern Australia and heavy rain is uncommon during this period.

Outlook confidence is related to the influence of Pacific and Indian Ocean temperatures on seasonal rainfall. During July to September, history shows this influence to be moderately consistent across most of Queensland (see background information).

Both the Indian and tropical Pacific Oceans remain mostly warmer than average, although both cooled between April and May. For more detail see the the El Niño Wrap-Up.

The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) rebounded strongly in May to a value of +13, 28 points above April's –15. The approximate SOI for the 30 days ending 14th June was +7.


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More information on this outlook is available from 9.00am to 5.00pm (EST) Monday to Friday by contacting the Climate and Consultancy section in the Bureau's Brisbane Office: (07) 3239 8669 or (07) 3239 8666.


Corresponding temperature outlook

May 2004 rainfall in historical perspective

March to May 2004 rainfall in historical perspective


Background Information