Regional Weather and Climate Guides released
The Bureau of Meteorology have just released a set of Regional Weather and Climate Guides to help
farmers understand and manage their climate risk. The Guides compare key weather and climate
variables over the last 30 years compared to the previous 30 years. Climate guides for the Mallee,
North Central, Glenelg-Hopkins, West Gippsland, and East Gippsland Natural Resource Management
regions have been released and are available online, with guides for the Wimmera, Corangamite,
Port Philip and Western Port, Goulburn-Broken, and North East to be available in the coming weeks.
The Guides aim to improve the resilience of farming businesses by providing localised facts about
the likelihood, severity, duration and return period of drought, flood, heatwaves and frosts. The
guides also focus on the variability of rainfall from season to season and year to year, along with the
typical timing of the autumn break.
The information in the guides can help farmers continue to adapt their practices, particularly around
strategic decisions relating to crop varieties, stocking levels, leasing land in a range of climate zones,
developing and managing water storage, and finance or insurance.
Each Guide has been developed in collaboration with stakeholders from each Natural Resource
Management region around Australia. The Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO have held workshops
with farmers and their representatives across the country to learn about the key information
farmers need to support a better understanding of the risks and opportunities associated with
Australia's variable climate.
The guides were developed as part of the Australian Government’s Drought Assistance Package and
produced as a partnership between the Bureau of Meteorology, FarmLink Research and the CSIRO.
All guides will be made available via the Bureau website: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/climate-guides