|NSW Seasonal Rainfall Outlook: probabilities for Winter 2006, issued 25th May 2006|
Reduced winter rainfall favoured in parts of northern NSW
There is a moderate shift in the odds towards below average winter (June-August) rainfall across parts of northern New South Wales, the Bureau of Meteorology announced today. For the rest of the state, the chances of accumulating at least average rain during winter are between 40% and 50%.
The pattern of winter rainfall odds is largely a result of above average temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. Conditions in the Indian Ocean are near normal and have little influence on the outlook.
For the June to August period, the chances of above median rainfall are between 30 and 40% over much of northern New South Wales, north and east of a line from Sydney through Dubbo to Bourke, except for some coastal areas (see map). This means that below average falls have a 60 to 70% chance of occurring.
So in years with ocean patterns like the current, six to seven winters out of 10 are expected to be drier than average in these regions, with three to four out of ten being wetter.
Outlook confidence is related to the influence of Pacific and Indian Ocean temperatures on seasonal rainfall. During winter, history shows this influence to be moderately consistent across much of New South Wales (see background information).
The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) has been generally positive recently, with values for February, March and April of zero, +14 and +15 respectively. However, values have recently dropped with the approximate SOI for the 30 days ending 21st May being zero.Most computer models indicate that neutral ENSO conditions are likely to remain in place for most of the remainder of 2006. However, it should be noted that model skill is at its lowest during autumn. For routine updates and comprehensive discussion on the latest data relating to ENSO, together with details on what the phenomenon is and how it has affected Australia in the past, please see the ENSO Wrap-Up.
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|More information on this outlook is available from 9.00am to 5.00pm (EST) Monday to Friday by contacting the NSW Climate Services section in the Bureau's Sydney Office: (02) 9296 1610 or (02) 9296 1525.|
THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE SEASONAL OUTLOOK IS EXPECTED BY 22nd JUNE 2006