MEDIA RELEASE - ISSUED 14th DECEMBER 2000
Three-month Seasonal Climate Outlook Summary: Temperature probabilities for January to March 2001
Warm season favoured in the southeast
The National Climate Centre's seasonal temperature outlook for January to March shows an increased chance of above average seasonal maximum temperatures in the southeast of the mainland, as well as in parts of Tasmania (see first map below). The probabilities in these areas are about 60 to 65%. This means that in years with climate patterns like the current, about 6 out of every 10 end up with January to March being warmer than the long-term median, whilst about 4 out of 10 are cooler.
On a cautionary note though, the outlooks have only low skill in these regions. The highest skill for the Jan-March period is in Queensland, northern NSW and parts of the N.T. where the odds are about 50:50 or even. They're also close to 50% in W.A. In other words, as far as the Bureau's statistical outlook scheme is concerned, below or above average maximum temperatures are about equally likely.
The outlook for seasonal minimum temperatures shows an increased likelihood of warmer than normal nights in parts of W.A., north and east Queensland, and much of the N.T. (see second map below). The chances in these regions are mostly in the 60 to 70% range, so 6 or 7 years out of 10 would be likely to follow this pattern. The chances are mostly close to 50% in other areas.
For more information regarding this outlook please contact the following climate meteorologists in the National Climate Centre during normal office hours from 8:45am to 5:30pm (EST) Monday to Friday:
Grant Beard on (03) 9669 4527