La Niña conditions through the Pacific Ocean have firmed over the past month, but we shouldn't see a repeat of floods of a year ago.
La Niña conditions through the Pacific Ocean have firmed over the past month, but we shouldn't see a repeat of floods of a year ago. Cherith Weis

Big wet but no severe floods

DESPITE predictions of a wet summer and possible cyclones and flooding, The Weather Channel say we are unlikely to see rain and flooding to the extent of 12 months ago.  

La Niña conditions through the Pacific Ocean have firmed over the past month and are now at a moderate strength, pointing towards a very wet summer for most of Australia.  

"Thankfully despite the wet conditions we're expecting over the coming months, we are still unlikely to see rain and flooding at the same severity as 12 months ago," Senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel, Tom Saunders, said. 

"Computer models are evenly split between weak and moderate La Niña conditions through the remainder of summer."  

"La Niña conditions combined with a recent warming of the oceans off our northern coastline, all point towards a very wet summer for Australia with an above average number of tropical cyclones and widespread flooding."   

"The only areas typically not affected by La Niña conditions are Tasmania and southern parts of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. However, warm ocean temperatures in the Indian Ocean are currently helping to cause record December rain through the south-west corner of the country."    



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