Tag: Weather

Posts that relate to the weather and seasons.

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

Weekly rainfall wrap + weather outlook, 2 October 2019

A SERIES of cold fronts embedded in westerly flow brought mostly light falls to Tasmania and southern Victoria, while showers associated with a surface and upper level trough around Alice Springs, parts of southern Queensland and north-east New South Wales, and thunderstorms brought heavy falls along the southeast Queensland coast. Source: Sheep Central Weekly… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 2 Oct 2019

A series of cold fronts embedded in westerly flow brought mostly light falls to Tasmania and southern Victoria, while showers associated with a surface and upper level trough around Alice Springs, parts of southern Queensland and northeast New South Wales, and thunderstorms brought heavy falls along the southeast Queensland coast. Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Values retreat from highs in heated north

Prompt northern feedgrain values have retreated a little as the market transitions to imminent, paltry NSW new-crop supply, while in southern markets timely rain in some areas trimmed prices a few dollars. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Values retreat from highs in heated north

Meat processors seek urgent talks with Littleproud over water

PEAK meat processor body the Australian Meat Industry Council is seeking drought support for processors affected by the continuing drought. Source: Sheep Central Meat processors seek urgent talks with Littleproud over water

$100 million added to Federal drought support funding + VIDEO

Visiting Dalby today Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that nearly $100 million has been added to the Federal Government’s drought support package, on top of more than $7 billion in drought support funding already provided by the Government. But NSW Farmers says more detail is needed. Source: Beef Central 0 million added to… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 September 2019

Cold fronts and a transient low on the east coast brought moderate falls to coastal southern Australia and Tasmania, while isolated showers brought moderate falls to parts of the Northern Territory and Kimberley. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 September 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 Sep 2019

Cold fronts and a transient low on the east coast brought moderate falls to coastal southern Australia and Tasmania, while isolated showers brought moderate falls to parts of the Northern Territory and Kimberley. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 Sep 2019

Need for rain prompts interest in climate science

INTEREST in non-conventional climate influencers is on the rise as conventional models watched by Australian agriculture continue to generate forecasts devoid of rain for drought-stricken areas. Source: Sheep Central Need for rain prompts interest in climate science

Processors facing water supply issues as drought deepens

SEVERAL regional meat processing operations could soon be facing water supply challenges if there is no reprieve to the severe drought conditions gripping eastern and northern Australia. Source: Sheep Central Processors facing water supply issues as drought deepens

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 September 2019

Cold fronts and surface troughs generated moderate rainfall in southeastern Australia, while a cold front produced moderate falls in southern, coastal New South Wales, and snow in Canberra at the end of the week. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 September 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 Sep 2019

Cold fronts and surface troughs generated moderate rainfall in southeastern Australia, while a cold front produced moderate falls in southern, coastal New South Wales, and snow in Canberra at the end of the week. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 Sep 2019

Crippling drought stretches into even the greenest parts of Australia

Farmers along Australia’s normally green east coast are reeling from the worst drought they have ever seen and face a tough summer if it doesn’t rain in the next few months. Source: ABC Livestock Crippling drought stretches into even the greenest parts of Australia

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 September 2019

A complex low pressure system and cold fronts brought moderate to locally heavy falls to the southeast, while cold fronts produced light to moderate falls in the southwest. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 September 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 Sep 2019

A complex low pressure system and cold fronts brought moderate to locally heavy falls to the southeast, while cold fronts produced light to moderate falls in the southwest. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 Sep 2019

Farmer confidence split along drought lines: Rabobank

Farmer confidence is divided across the nation, with those in the west and south increasingly upbeat, while sentiment has waned in the drought-affected eastern states, according to the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey. Source: Grain Central Farmer confidence split along drought lines: Rabobank

From animal feed to a schooner: Drought-tolerant beer grain

Australian scientists develop a drought-tolerant beer grain they hope will be a saving grace for some Australian farmers. Source: ABC Grain From animal feed to a schooner: Drought-tolerant beer grain

Grain, graze or fodder? Crunch time for eastern winter croppers

Decision time is fast approaching for farmers in the drought-hit farming areas of eastern Australia where the fate of this year’s winter crop hangs in the balance. Source: Grain Central Grain, graze or fodder? Crunch time for eastern winter croppers

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 September 2019

COLD fronts brought moderate falls to the south-west and south-east of Australia last week, while surface troughs and a low pressure system produced moderate to heavy falls along the central coast of New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 September 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 Sep 2019

Cold fronts brought moderate falls to the southwest and southeast, while surface troughs and a low pressure system produced moderate to heavy falls along the central coast of New South Wales. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 Sep 2019

Seasonal climate outlook for September-November 2019

A DRIER than average spring is likely for most of Australia, with the exception of western Tasmania and southwest WA, according to the latest three month rainfall and temperature outlook released by the Bureau of Meteorology today. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook for September-November 2019

Seasonal climate outlook Sep-Nov 2019

A drier than average spring is likely for most of Australia, with the exception of western Tasmania and southwest WA, according to the latest three month rainfall and temperature outlook released by the Bureau of Meteorology today. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Sep-Nov 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28 August 2019

COLD fronts brought light to moderate falls of rain to Western Australia’s west and south coast, and to Victoria. Fronts and westerly flow brought rain to Tasmania – heaviest in the west, with light falls in the north-east. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28 August 2019

The pictures that still send a chill down a farmer's spine

Today the Macleay Valley is suffering unprecedented drought, but 70 years ago it was inundated with “mighty waves as high as telegraph poles” that flooded the region and left 2,000 people homeless. Source: ABC Livestock The pictures that still send a chill down a farmer’s spine

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 Aug 2019

Cold fronts brought moderate falls to the southwest, and further cold fronts and troughs produced moderate falls and snow in the southeast. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 Aug 2019

More than $90 million paid in QLD flood recovery grants

More than $90 million in recovery grants has been paid to flood victims in North and North West Queensland in the six months since unprecedented weather devastated the region in February. About 1500 applications for financial assistance were approved for primary producers, totalling more than $82 million, while $7.8m was paid to flood-affected small businesses…. Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 August 2019

Strong cold fronts and intense lows produced moderate falls and snow to low levels in parts of the southeast, as cold fronts brought light falls to parts of the southern coasts of Western Australia and South Australia, prior to the cold outbreak in the southeast. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook,… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 7 Aug 2019

A surface trough and onshore flow brought moderate falls to the north tropical coast of Queensland and parts of the east coast, while cold fronts brought moderate falls to western Tasmania; also southwest Western Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 7 Aug 2019

National Rodeo Finals cancelled due to drought

Cowboys from around the country will be unable to compete at the National Rodeo Finals this year, after the event was cancelled. Source: ABC Livestock National Rodeo Finals cancelled due to drought

AA Co remains upbeat, despite past year’s drought and flood challenges

The world’s largest beef producer, the Australian Agricultural Co, remains upbeat about its future prospects, despite the ravages of drought and flood across the company’s far-flung northern operations so far this year. Chairman Don McGauchie told shareholders at this morning’s AGM that 2019 had been a year of ‘progress and great challenges,’ but the company… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 31 July 2019

Cold fronts brought moderate rainfall to far southeast Australia at the start of the week, while a cloudband and cold front tracked over the southeast and produced moderate falls in western Tasmania at the end of the week…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 31 July 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 24 July 2019

A PAIR of cold fronts brought moderate falls to western Tasmania at the start of the week, while a cold front tracked across south-west Western Australia, producing moderate falls mid-week…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 24 July 2019

Future Drought Fund legislation gets bi-partisan support

AUSTRALIA’S National Farmers Federation has welcomed the bi-partisan support for the $100 million a year Future Drought Fund in the House of Representatives on Monday…Read More Source: Sheep Central Future Drought Fund legislation gets bi-partisan support

Future Drought Fund passes Parliament

The National Farmers’ Federation has heralded the passing of the Future Drought Fund in the House of Representatives overnight, which it says ushers in a new era in drought preparedness support for farmers…Read More Source: Beef Central Future Drought Fund passes Parliament

Big flood, but next to no rain — welcome to the Channel Country

Floodwaters more than 50 kilometres wide came through Queensland’s Channel Country earlier this year, but the extended weather forecast is not promising a return to average rainfalls. Source: ABC Livestock Big flood, but next to no rain — welcome to the Channel Country

From dust bowl to green flush: What a difference some decent rain makes

The green vista that now stretches to the horizon is in stark contrast to the dust wall that shrouded paddocks not too long ago on this western NSW sheep station. Source: ABC Livestock From dust bowl to green flush: What a difference some decent rain makes

I wanted to see the drought for myself. I didn't expect to see this

This week I took a 900km trip through regional Australia to see for myself how bad the drought was. These are the five things I have learnt, writes Michael Rowland. Source: ABC Livestock I wanted to see the drought for myself. I didn’t expect to see this

The search for crops that can survive climate change

Researchers are scouring the planet for drought and heat resistant crops as many Australian grain farmers face another failed winter season. Source: ABC Grain The search for crops that can survive climate change

Drought drives 2019 EU cattle premiums higher, AuctionsPlus says

The largest premiums for EU-eligible cattle sold on AuctionsPlus since 2012 have occurred this year, the online marketing platform reports. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Drought drives 2019 EU cattle premiums higher, AuctionsPlus says

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 17 July 2019

Several strong cold fronts generated moderate to heavy falls in southeast Australia, and snow in Alpine regions. Showers produced moderate falls along the north tropical coast and in central Queensland…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 17 July 2019

Rainfall lifts Riverina sheep and lamb buying confidence

MORE than 12,000 sheep bought online moved back into the Riverina region of New South Wales last week as buying confidence lifted after good rainfall over the past six weeks…Read More Source: Sheep Central Rainfall lifts Riverina sheep and lamb buying confidence

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 10 July 2019

A cold front and pre-frontal trough produced moderate falls in southwest Western Australia, while an upper-level trough brought showers and moderate falls to central Queensland…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 10 July 2019

Rain lifts WA crop prospects after slow start

The majority of the Western Australian grainbelt is now in good shape and most areas could achieve average grain yields if follow up rains come on the back of recent falls…Read More Source: Grain Central Rain lifts WA crop prospects after slow start

Low water allocations reflect worsening NSW drought

As expected, irrigators in inland New South Wales have a zero general allocation for the water year which started this week, and reflects 98 per cent of the state being in drought…Read More Source: Grain Central Low water allocations reflect worsening NSW drought

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 3 July 2019

ONSHORE flow brought moderate falls to south-east Queensland and coastal New South Wales, while strong cold fronts produced moderate falls in the south-west and south-east of Australia…Read More Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 3 July 2019

Review prompts drought policy overhaul in Qld

A review headed by former Queensland Farmers Federation CEO Ruth Wade and former AgForce CEO Charles Burke has recommended changes to how droughts are prepared for and managed in Queensland, including putting science at the forefront of drought declarations…Read More Source: Beef Central Review prompts drought policy overhaul in Qld