MJO contributes to increased chance of rain in north east Australia

By Don White, Weatherwatch
November 16 2023 - 12:00pm
MJO increases chance of rain
MJO increases chance of rain

Although the Pacific basin El Nino events and the Indian Ocean Dipole are the dominant influences on our weather patterns in the medium term, there are other climate indicators worth having a look at. For example, to our north there is the Madden-Julian Oscillation. It is currently weak, with a pulse sitting in the western Pacific and this contributed to the development of a category 5 tropical cyclone, Lola, near Vanuatu recently which was the strongest system ever to occur so early in the season in the southern hemisphere.

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