Tag: Weather

Posts that relate to the weather and seasons.

Hail destroys CSIRO glass houses, sets back vital crop research

A massive hail storm that hit Canberra on Monday destroyed 63 glass houses at the CSIRO’s Black Mountain centre, wrecking important plant trials and setting back crop research programs by 12 months or more. Source: Grain Central Hail destroys CSIRO glass houses, sets back vital crop research

EYCI’s sharp rise driven by recent rain

The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator has started 2020 with a sharp rise, lifting 33c/kg in the past week off the back of widespread rainfall across New South Wales and Queensland. Source: Beef Central EYCI’s sharp rise driven by recent rain

Wet-season storms drop 'best rain in years' across Territory cattle country

Wet-season storms have delivered much-needed rain across Top End cattle country, with drought-affected Barkly producers among those to benefit from the downpour. Source: ABC Livestock Wet-season storms drop ‘best rain in years’ across Territory cattle country

Eastern rains prompt fodder action, but aren’t drought-breaking

THE national rainfall map for the past week paints an uplifting picture, particularly for the drought-stressed farming regions of Queensland and New South Wales where there have been widespread, but patchy falls. Source: Sheep Central Eastern rains prompt fodder action, but aren’t drought-breaking

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 22 January 2020

THUNDERSTORMS developed across northern Australia, generating moderate falls, while severe thunderstorms produced locally heavy falls in south-east Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 22 January 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 22 Jan 2020

Thunderstorms developed across northern Australia, generating moderate falls, while severe thunderstorms produced locally heavy falls in southeast Queensland and northeastern New South Wales. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 22 Jan 2020

Weekly kill: Rain impact yet to be reflected in processor grids

Widespread, if somewhat patchy rain across eastern Australia is yet to be reflected in processor grid price movements this week, but a number of major operators conceded this morning that they are ‘evaluating’ their current supply position. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Rain impact yet to be reflected in processor grids

Eastern rains prompt fodder action, but far from drought-breaking

Widespread, but patchy falls over the drought regions of eastern Australia in the past week will prompt late summer crop planting, but fell well short of ending the big dry. Source: Grain Central Eastern rains prompt fodder action, but far from drought-breaking

Wagga sale 20 Jan 2020: Market rallies after rain

strong demand pushed prices along as several major processor from Queensland scrambled for supply. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 20 Jan 2020: Market rallies after rain

Rains prompts late fodder plant, but far from drought-breaking

Widespread, but patchy falls over the drought regions of eastern Australia in the past week will prompt late summer crop planting, but fell well short of ending the big dry. Source: Beef Central Rains prompts late fodder plant, but far from drought-breaking

Deniliquin sheep sell solidly as punters wait on promised rain

SCANNED in-lamb Merino ewes made to $280 and unjoined lines sold to $270 a head at Deniliquin’s January store sheep sale on Friday. Source: Sheep Central Deniliquin sheep sell solidly as punters wait on promised rain

Seasonal climate outlook Feb-Apr 2020

February to April has roughly equal chances of being wetter or drier than average for most of Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology latest seasonal climate outlook report. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Feb-Apr 2020

AuctionsPlus prices and clearances sharply higher, on the back of rain

Confidence-boosting rain across large areas of eastern Australia drove prices and clearance rates higher across all categories on AuctionsPlus this week. Source: Beef Central AuctionsPlus prices and clearances sharply higher, on the back of rain

Drought, bushfires trigger moves to strengthen farming resilience in 2020

The long-running drought and catastrophic fires that have impacted much of Australia will shape the policy focus of agricultural industry leaders in 2020, highlighting the need to build greater resilience into the farming sector. Source: Grain Central Drought, bushfires trigger moves to strengthen farming resilience in 2020

Warning for fire affected properties as rain approaches

Fire affected landholders in hilly and mountainous areas are warned to prepare for flash flooding, soil erosion and possible landslides ahead of the thunderstorms forecasted for later this week. Source: Beef Central Warning for fire affected properties as rain approaches

Warning on flooding, erosion and landslides in fire areas

AGRICULTURE Victoria is warning fire-affected landholders in hilly and mountainous areas to prepare for flash flooding, soil erosion and possible landslides before thunderstorms forecast later this week. Source: Sheep Central Warning on flooding, erosion and landslides in fire areas

EYCI shows sharp rise in anticipation of rain

The prospect of significant rain over parts of eastern Australia over the next week, combined with strong early January southern weaner sale results has driven the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator sharply higher during the opening stages of 2020. Today’s figure of 505.25c/kg is up 23.5c on the final quote for the 2019 year back on… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 15 January 2020

THUNDERSTORMS have developed across northern Australia, generating moderate falls, while severe thunderstorms produced locally heavy falls in south-east Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 15 January 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 15 Jan 2020

Thunderstorms developed across northern Australia, generating moderate falls, while severe thunderstorms produced locally heavy falls in southeast Queensland and northeastern New South Wales. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 15 Jan 2020

Keeping ahead of spotfires

From ember storms to bushfire-generated lightning strikes, bushfires have any number of tricks to further complicate their spread and behaviour. Source: Beef Central Keeping ahead of spotfires

Drought declared for the entirety of NSW, but some rain is forecast

The latest Combined Drought Indicator shows intense drought conditions continued in the state’s far-west and north-east, while conditions have worsened in central and south-east regions. Source: ABC Livestock Drought declared for the entirety of NSW, but some rain is forecast

Wetter than average week likely in rainfall outlook

A WETTER than average week is likely for 13-19 January  across much of the north and west of the continent, as well as in south-west Queensland and northern parts of New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Wetter than average week likely in rainfall outlook

Weekly rainfall outlook 13 Jan 2020: Wetter than average week likely

For 13-19 January, a wetter than average week is likely across much of the north and west of the continent, as well as in southwest Queensland and northern parts of NSW. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall outlook 13 Jan 2020: Wetter than average week likely

Drastic changes to rainfall are reshaping WA's vast wheatbelt

In WA’s south-west corner, where average winter rainfall has dropped by up to 20 per cent since the 1970s, researchers say changes to rainfall patterns are among the most noticeable in the world. Source: ABC Grain Drastic changes to rainfall are reshaping WA’s vast wheatbelt

Seasonal climate outlook January-March 2020

THE rainfall outlook for January to March 2020 indicates most of the country will have roughly equal chances of a wetter or drier than average three months. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook January-March 2020

Seasonal climate outlook Jan-Mar 2020

The rainfall outlook for January to March 2020 indicates most of the country will have roughly equal chances of a wetter or drier than average three months. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Jan-Mar 2020

ABARES analyses effects of drought and climate variability on Australian farms

An observed shift to hotter and drier conditions over the period 2000 to 2019, relative to the period 1950 to 1999, has had a negative effect on the profits of Australian cropping and livestock farms, according to ABARES’ latest Insights report. Source: Beef Central ABARES analyses effects of drought and climate variability on Australian… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 Dec 2019

Thunderstorms developed across northern Australia, generating moderate falls, while severe thunderstorms produced locally heavy falls in southeast Queensland and northeastern New South Wales. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 Dec 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 December 2019

THUNDERSTORMS developed across northern Australia, generating moderate falls, while severe thunderstorms produced locally heavy falls in south-east Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 December 2019

Heatwave warnings go out for people and livestock

AUSTRALIA’S Bureau of Meteorology is reminding communities to remain alert to risks posed by heatwaves, as a week of extreme temperatures starts to impact large parts of south-eastern Australia. Source: Sheep Central Heatwave warnings go out for people and livestock

Higher temperatures, lower rainfall cut cropping profits 35pc: ABARES

A shift to hotter and drier conditions over the period 2000 to 2019, relative to the period 1950 to 1999, has had a negative effect on the profits of Australian cropping and livestock farms, according to ABARES. Source: Grain Central Higher temperatures, lower rainfall cut cropping profits 35pc: ABARES

Broadacre salaries feel the impact of drought

The eastern Australia drought is having an impact on salary levels in the broadacre farming sector, according to analysis by recruitment service, Agricultural Appointments. Source: Grain Central Broadacre salaries feel the impact of drought

Week of severe heat ahead: BOM

A week of extreme temperatures is set to impact large parts of south-eastern Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.  Source: Beef Central Week of severe heat ahead: BOM

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 December 2019

THUNDERSTORMS across far northern Australia generated falls, while a westerly flow produced persistent rainfall in western Tasmania. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 December 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 Dec 2019

Thunderstorms across far northern Australia generated falls, while a westerly flow produced persistent rainfall in western Tasmania. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 Dec 2019

Impact of drought becoming more pronounced

The effects of the continuing drought are becoming more pronounced with falling production and high input costs presenting serious challenges in many regions, especially in New South Wales and Queensland according to the latest Agricultural Commodities report released this morning. Source: Beef Central Impact of drought becoming more pronounced

Drought keeps locust threat in check

Australian plague locust numbers remained very low over spring and the summer outlook is for very low population densities to continue in most regions of inland eastern Australia. Source: Grain Central Drought keeps locust threat in check

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 December 2019

THUNDERSTORMS developed across northern Australia, generating moderate falls, while a series of cold fronts crossed far south-east Australia. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 December 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 Dec 2019

Thunderstorms developed across northern Australia, generating moderate falls, while a series of cold fronts crossed far southeast Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 Dec 2019

BOM predicts warmer and drier times ahead

LARGE parts of Australia are likely to see a continuation of the warmer and drier-than-average conditions experienced throughout spring, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s 2019/20 Summer Outlook released yesterday. Source: Sheep Central BOM predicts warmer and drier times ahead

Warmer, drier conditions likely to continue into 2020

Large parts of Australia are likely to see a continuation of the warmer and drier-than-average conditions experienced throughout spring, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s 2019/20 Summer Outlook released today. Source: Beef Central Warmer, drier conditions likely to continue into 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 27 November 2019

THUNDERSTORMS brought rainfall to the Kimberley and northern parts of the Northern Territory, while showers and thunderstorms produced light to moderate falls from north-west Queensland to north-eastern and central coastal areas of New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 27 November 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 27 Nov 2019

Thunderstorms brought rainfall to the Kimberley and northern parts of the Northern Territory, while showers and thunderstorms produced light to moderate falls from northwest Queensland to northeastern and central coastal areas of New South Wales. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 27 Nov 2019

Desperate times trigger pleas for urgent measures

With long-running severe drought conditions showing no signs of abating, a range of new measures are being pursued to ease pressure on affected producers trying to keep herds alive. Source: Beef Central Desperate times trigger pleas for urgent measures

Storms not enough to trigger NSW summer sowing

A storm front that brought patchy falls to the parched north west farming regions of NSW yesterday gave farmers a much-needed boost to morale, but wasn’t enough to kick start summer crop planting in earnest. Source: Grain Central Storms not enough to trigger NSW summer sowing

Big Dreams: A different approach to cattle management

Drought has hit hard in the Northern Territory’s Barkly region where the area is experiencing its worst rainfall on record. But one pastoral family’s approach to cattle management and drought-proofing is helping them thrive in the harsh conditions. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Big Dreams: A different approach to cattle management

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 20 November 2019

A SERIES of cold fronts produced moderate to heavy falls in western Tasmania, while thunderstorms produced isolated moderate falls in the northern tropics; also the central to south-east coastline of Queensland. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 20 November 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 20 Nov 2019

A series of cold fronts produced moderate to heavy falls in western Tasmania, while thunderstorms produced isolated moderate falls in the northern tropics; also the central to southeast coastline of Queensland. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 20 Nov 2019

Seasonal climate outlook December 2019 to February 2020

A DRIER outlook continues into December for southern Australia, eastern Queensland, far north-east New South Wales and much of the Northern Territory, with the remainder of the country having roughly equal chances of being wetter or drier than average. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook December 2019 to February 2020

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2019-Feb 2020

The drier outlook continues into December for southern Australia, eastern Queensland, far northeast NSW and much of the NT, with the remainder of the country having roughly equal chances of being wetter or drier than average. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2019-Feb 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 November 2019

COLD fronts brought moderate falls to Tasmania and Victoria, while the tropical north had isolated thunderstorms and showers. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 November 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 Nov 2019

Cold fronts brought moderate falls to Tasmania and Victoria, while the tropical north had isolated thunderstorms and showers. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 Nov 2019

Drought impacts on 2019 MSA index performance, but broader trend is up

Drought has had an inevitable impact on MSA eating quality index performance in 2018-19, however the longer-term trend remains up. The national average MSA Index figure last financial year was 57.62, down from about 57.75 the year before, but still improving 0.73 index points since 2010-11. Source: Beef Central Drought impacts on 2019 MSA… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Southern rain lifts prompt prices

Rain has stemmed the supply of new-crop wheat to the market, and rebooted the inverse as consumers in Victoria and southern NSW look to cover nearby positions. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Southern rain lifts prompt prices

Are drought-stricken farmers really getting 'handouts'?

Australian farmers receive some of the lowest levels of government support in the world — and sceptics will argue this week’s $700 million drought stimulus package does little to change that, write Kath Sullivan and Lucy Barbour. Source: ABC Livestock Are drought-stricken farmers really getting ‘handouts’?

$1 billion drought package for hard-hit farmers and rural communities

Drought-hit farmers, small businesses and rural towns are set for a $1 billion Federal Government cash injection to keep stock fed and watered, businesses open, locals in work and pump funds into local economies, as part of a major drought stimulus package announced earlier today. Source: Beef Central billion drought package for hard-hit farmers… Read more »

Long road to recovery ahead for NT producers

Cattle producers in Australia’s red centre are adept at running cattle in arid conditions, but even their resilience is being tested by this record drought, with at least three years until any substantial income can be generated again after the drought finally breaks. Source: Beef Central Long road to recovery ahead for NT producers

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 6 November 2019

SHOWERS and thunderstorms produced moderate falls in the inland east and tropics, while cold fronts brought moderate falls to parts of south-western and  south-eastern Australia. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 6 November 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 6 Nov 2019

Showers and thunderstorms produced moderate falls in the inland east and tropics, while cold fronts brought moderate falls to parts of the southwest and  southeast Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 6 Nov 2019

Weekend rain not enough to kickstart sorghum planting

Rain which fell in NSW and Qld on the weekend has done little to advance planting prospects for the sorghum crop, but has been a godsend for some western grazing and mixed-farming areas. Source: Grain Central Weekend rain not enough to kickstart sorghum planting

The grazier families living a 'gypsy life' between properties to cope with drought

As the drought continues grazing families are confronted with decisions about whether to sell their stock and land. Some are taking a risk on buying a second property, carting livestock and young children hundreds of kilometres to keep their businesses alive. Source: ABC Livestock The grazier families living a ‘gypsy life’ between properties to… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook November 2019-January 2020

Rainfall is likely to be below average across most of the country for November, although western Tasmania is likely to be above average. This pattern of drier in NSW and wetter in western Tasmania is consistent with a negative SAM pattern persisting for most of November. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook November 2019-January… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook November 2019-January 2020

Rainfall is likely to be below average across most of the country for November, although western Tasmania is likely to be above average. This pattern of drier in NSW and wetter in western Tasmania is consistent with a negative SAM pattern persisting for most of November. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook November 2019-January… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 30 October 2019

AT the end of the week, an upper-level trough generated an extensive cloud band with isolated thunderstorms over the NT and western Queensland. A broad area of low pressure over northern WA generated isolated showers and thunderstorms in the Kimberley. Isolated thunderstorms also developed along the south-east Queensland coast near a surface trough. Source:… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 30 Oct 2019

At the end of the week, an upper-level trough generated an extensive cloudband with isolated thunderstorms over the NT and western Qld. A broad area of low pressure over northern WA generated isolated showers and thunderstorms in the Kimberley. Isolated thunderstorms also developed along the southeast Qld coast near a surface trough. Source: Beef… Read more »

Why WA farmers feel they are being forgotten in the drought

While the focus and support has been on the drought in Australia’s east, farmers in WA have been hesitant to rock the boat over their own struggles. Source: ABC Livestock Why WA farmers feel they are being forgotten in the drought

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 23 October 2019

A series of cold fronts brought moderate falls to parts of southeast Australia, while a surface trough produced showers and thunderstorms in central to southeast Queensland and northeastern New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 23 October 2019

Seasonal climate outlook October-December 2019

RAINFALL is likely to be below average for most of the country for the remainder of October and November. However, north-west Western Australia has roughly equal chances of being wetter or drier across most outlook periods, with a slightly increased chance of being wetter than average in December. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Oct-Dec 2019

Rainfall is likely to be below average for most of the country for the remainder of October and November. However, northwest WA has roughly equal chances of being wetter or drier across most outlook periods, with a slightly increased chance of being wetter than average in December. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Oct-Dec… Read more »

Drought dogs find refuge in the city as farmers forced to give them up

With food, water and money in desperately short supply, dozens of working dogs have been surrendered from properties throughout Queensland and New South Wales. Source: ABC Livestock Drought dogs find refuge in the city as farmers forced to give them up

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 16 October 2019

COLD fronts brought showers to Australia’s south-west and east coast, while a trough over eastern Australia brought rainfall to eastern Queensland. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 16 October 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 16 Oct 2019

Cold fronts brought showers to Australia’s southwest and east coast, while a trough over eastern Australia brought rainfall to eastern Queensland. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 16 Oct 2019

'Consequences could be deadly': WA residents urged to 'prepare early' for cyclone season

Authorities are warning WA residents to prepare emergency kits for up to five days and to avoid “last minute” preparations, despite below-average cyclone predictions for the 2019–20 season. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Consequences could be deadly’: WA residents urged to ‘prepare early’ for cyclone season

Independent calls for 'cohesive, dramatic' national climate strategy

An independent MP is leading a crossbench call pushing the Government to do more to help farmers and rural communities face climate change challenges into the future. Source: ABC Livestock Independent calls for ‘cohesive, dramatic’ national climate strategy

Dammed if you do, damned if you don't: Australia's water infrastructure conundrum

With towns facing “zero day” water crises National Party MPs are frustrated not enough dams are being built, but states are spending billions to fix a system ill-prepared for crisis. Source: ABC Grain Dammed if you do, damned if you don’t: Australia’s water infrastructure conundrum

Weekly rainfall wrap + weather outlook, 9 October 2019

Cold fronts brought showers to coastal southern Australia, while onshore flow brought showers and storms in eastern Queensland. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + weather outlook, 9 October 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 9 Oct 2019

Cold fronts brought showers to coastal southern Australia, while onshore flow brought showers and storms in eastern Queensland. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 9 Oct 2019

Organic livestock production halted by the drought

The drought takes its toll on organic farmers who say the big dry has ruined their ability to meet the conditions of their licences, so they cannot sell their livestock as organic. Source: ABC Livestock Organic livestock production halted by the drought

Stock route fees must rise to maintain network: AgForce

AgForce says as drought conditions worsen it is clear that more money is need to maintain Queensland’s vital stock route networ Source: Beef Central Stock route fees must rise to maintain network: AgForce

Scarcity drives water prices, not government water recovery: new research

Water scarcity due to seasonal change or water allocation reductions had far more influence on water prices in the Murray Darling Basin than government water recovery a recent study has found. Source: Grain Central Scarcity drives water prices, not government water recovery: new research