Indigenous Weather Knowledge

Jawoyn calendar

Jawoyn

The Jawoyn calendar from the Katherine region in northern Australia has five seasons. The seasons are defined by weather patterns and environmental events, with the onset and duration of each season varying from year to year. Jawoyn country covers 50,000 square kilometres of the Top End of the Northern Territory.

 

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January-February

Heavy wet season rains fall.


March-May

Rains lessen and
the dry season begins.


June-August

Cold weather
period of the dry season


September-November

Build up to the wet
season. Heat and
humidity increases.


December

Very hot and humid weather.
Wet season rains begin to fall.


Permission to use the Jawoyn seasonal calendar is given by the Jawoyn Association on behalf of Traditional Owners. The authority is given by Ms Lisa Mumbin, Chairperson, Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation.