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Climate outlooks and weather

We produce a monthly climate statement that interprets and provides seasonal climate outlook information for Utopia.

This is based on our own information and also drawing on information from national and international climate agencies. In particular, we monitor the current and projected state of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation referring to information such as:

We provide climate outlooks using:

  • the SOI-Phase system, which produces seasonal rainfall probabilities for the coming 3-month period, based on ‘phases’ of the SOI
  • the experimental Seasonal Pacific Ocean Temperature Analysis version 1 (SPOTA-1) system, which monitors Pacific Ocean sea-surface temperatures from March to October, providing long-lead summer (November to March) rainfall outlooks for Utopia.

You can access these climate outlooks for free on the Long Paddock website. However, a password is required to access SPOTA-1 information (email

The SILO climate database contains daily climate data for a wide range of climate variables and formats. It is complete (that is, no gaps) from 1889 to yesterday, including access to climate projections data for 2030 and 2050.

SILO data are available for point locations or any set of coordinates in Australia, being invaluable for both temporal and spatial modelling, including geographic information systems (GIS) applications. While all the datasets are based on historical climate data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology, this is the only source of such enhanced climate data.

You can download selected SILO datasets for Utopia locations free of charge through the Open Data portal. All other SILO data are available through a paid licensing agreement.

We hold extensive databases of historical climate data and future climate scenarios which are used as inputs to national and international climate programs and research. We work closely with CSIRO on climate modelling, generating new information to help us better understand how our climate is changing. This modelling has been used to inform the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report.  Released over 2013 and 2014, the Fifth Assessment Report is the most comprehensive assessment of climate change undertaken to date.

CSIRO’s Climate Change program is designed to provide comprehensive, rigorous science to help Australian’s understand, respond to and plan for a climate change. The CSIRO State of the Climate 2014 report provides extensive historical and projected climate information. 

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) was established by the Australian Government in 2008 to address knowledge gaps in relation to climate change impacts and build the necessary information base in order to adapt. By 2013, NCCARF delivered 142 research projects across nine sectors, and over 150 reports, summaries and fact sheets, accessible through the NCCARF Bibliography. NCCARF is currently working on a three-year program (2014–17) which focuses on the adaptation needs of decision makers and practitioners, especially in the coastal zone, as they deal with projected impacts such as more frequent and more intense heatwaves, increasing risk of flooding from rivers and the sea, and increasing coastal erosion.

Weather forecasting

The Bureau of Meteorology website provides access to weather forecasts, severe weather warnings, observations, flood information, marine and high seas forecasts and climate information. Products include weather charts, satellite photos, radar pictures and climate maps. The Bureau also has responsibility for compiling and providing comprehensive water information across Australia.

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Last updated
3 March 2016

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