A drier than normal October to December is likely for broad areas of eastern Australia,
with day and night temperatures warmer than usual, particularly in the far southeast,
Tropical Pacific Ocean models continue to suggest an El Niño remains possible during the last quarter of 2014. Tropical cloud patterns and trade winds have not been consistent with El Niño-like values since May. While still falling short of El Niño thresholds, the tropical Pacific Ocean remains warmer than average. When combined with recent cool water to the north of Australia, conditions favour below-average rainfall over much of Australia for the remainder of 2014.
A blood red moon will emblazon Australian skies on Wednesday night, during a rare total lunar eclipse.
A blood moon occurs in the event of a total lunar eclipse, when the Sun, Moon and Earth form a line and the Earth blocks all sunlight to the Moon.
The Moon turns a deep red as some light from the sun is bent around Earth’s atmosphere and reflected onto the Moon.
The light reflected is a reddish colour from all the sunsets and sunrises of the Earth shining onto the Moon.
Australians are in the fortunate geographic location where they will be able to witness the entire event.
Those on the east coast will have the best views, being able to watch the Moon’s entire transformation throughout the eclipse.
In some of Australia’s western regions the whole eclipse will not be visible as the event begins before moonrise.
The event will begin at 8:15pm AEDT, with the visible effects lasting for three hours and 20 minutes.
The Moon will appear completely red during the phase of the total eclipse between 9:25pm and 10.25pm
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Late season El Niño remains possible
Despite most ocean and atmospheric indicators falling short of El Niño thresholds, model outlooks and recent observations indicate that a late El Niño remains possible. The Bureau’s ENSO Tracker indicates there is at least a 50% chance of El Niño developing over the coming months, which is double the long-term likelihood.
The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) has now remained negative for several weeks, and some renewed warming has occurred across the equatorial Pacific Ocean over the past fortnight. Both support the possibility of El Niño becoming established in the months ahead. Six of the eight international climate models surveyed by the Bureau indicate El Niño, or near-El Niño, dry conditions are likely for the southern summer season.
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