Indigenous Weather Knowledge

Jawoyn calendar

Jawoyn

The Jawoyn calendar from the Katherine Region of Australia has six seasons. Jawoyn land encompasses 50,000 square kilometers in the north of Australia.

 

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Januanry-February

Main part of wet rains


March-April

Last rains
Drying out


April-May

Early hot
Early dry


June-August

Middle dry
Cooler
Burning time


September-October

Pre monsoonal build-up
Hot and sticky


November-December

The build-up
First rains

Dry weather Drying out Hot and dry Burning Hot and wet Monsoon

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Permission to use the Jawoyn seasonal calendar is given by the Jawoyn Association on behalf of Traditional Owners. The authority is given by Mr. Robert Lee, Exec. Dir., Jawoyn Assoc. Aboriginal Corporation.