La Niña on its way out

28 Apr, 2011 05:42 AM
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THE summer 2010/2011 was extraordinarily wet for much of Australia. Even now, at the end of April, places in eastern Queensland are seeing high moisture levels in the atmosphere and above average rainfall.

In the 24 hours to 9am on Wednesday, rainfall totals above 100mm were recorded along the North Coast and Tableland district with the heaviest falls between Tully and Innisfail.

South Johnstone was drenched with 96mm to 9am, their heaviest rain this late in April in seven years.

Innisfail saw 62mm to 9am, lifting their total for 2011 to 2760mm, 500mm above the longterm average.

Ocean temperatures across the tropical Pacific Ocean are about to approach their normal values for this time of the year. Furthermore, climate models suggest that La Niña is weakening, with neutral conditions forecast throughout the southern hemisphere winter, which means that the chance for above average rainfall decreases.

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