2012: a year of climate contrasts

Dr Andrew Watkins

Dr Andrew Watkins delivers the Annual Climate Summary

With more than 5000 views in the first week of release, the Bureau’ short video on the Annual Climate Summary is proving popular.

In the video Dr Andrew Watkins, Manager Climate Prediction, presents a snapshot of Australia’s temperature, rainfall and significant events for 2012.

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The detailed Annual Climate Summary 2012 publication (32 pages) is also available for download.

It details how 2012 was a year of climate contrasts:

  • The year started with cooler and wetter conditions due to the tail end of a strong La Niña
  • Later in the year, drier conditions were experienced because of a warm tropical Pacific Ocean and positive Indian Ocean Dipole
  • The year started with rain and floods, and ended with heatwaves and fire
  • National-averaged rainfall was 478 mm, only 13 mm above average, and the mean temperature was 21.92 °C just 0.11 °C above average
  • Drought-stricken Western Australia received welcome rain late in the year