|NT Seasonal Rainfall Outlook: probabilities for October to December 2005, issued 15th September 2005|
Odds 50:50 for above average early wet season falls
The chances of accumulating at least median rainfall over the first three months of the northern wet season, are close to 50% in the NT, the Bureau of Meteorology announced today.
For the October to December period, the chances of above median rainfall are a little above 50% in the west of the Territory and a little below 50% in the east (see map).
So in years with ocean patterns like the current, about five October to December periods out of ten are expected to be wetter than the median over the NT, with about five out of ten being drier.
Outlook confidence is related to the influence of Pacific and Indian Ocean temperatures on seasonal rainfall. During the December quarter, history shows this influence to be moderately consistent across much of the NT (see background information).
The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) fell from +1 in July to −7 in August. However, the SOI has begun to rise again with the approximate value for the 30 days ending 12th September being −1.
With all the main tropical Pacific climate indicators remaining neutral, an El Niño event developing in 2005 is not considered a realistic possibility. For routine updates and comprehensive discussion on the latest data relating to El Niño, together with details on what the phenomenon is and how it has affected Australia in the past, see the ENSO Wrap-Up.
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|More information on this outlook is available from 9.00am to 5.00pm (CST) Monday to Friday by contacting the Climate and Consultancy section in the Bureau's Darwin Office: (08) 8920 3813.|
THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE SEASONAL OUTLOOK IS EXPECTED BY 18th OCTOBER 2005