Good weather for drying clothes

The chance of an El Nino this year just increased, meaning there is now three times the normal risk of the climate driver associated with hot and dry conditions happening this year. Senior climatologist Robyn Duell mentioned “We’ve been hovering at an El Nino watch for a long time going ‘Will it? Won’t it?'” , but Ms Duell said in the past three weeks staff had seen a little bit of a kick in the eastern Pacific Ocean temperatures, which was finally showing up in the winds. “We’ve seen a response in the atmosphere. That’s why we’ve raised our alert up from a watch to an alert,” she said.

Ms Duell said there was cool water to the north-east of Australia that indicated the country could currently be in the positive phase of the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) climate driver. The IOD drives circulations across the Indian Ocean in much the same way as the ENSO does over the Pacific. The positive IOD is the phase associated with dry conditions in Australia. Ms Duell said El Nino and positive IOD events often worked together, occurring at the same time and often reinforcing each other.

A new pest in our crops

Russian wheat aphid is now in New South Wales, having being discovered in South Australia two years ago in 2016. It has been discovered in a wheat crop in Coonabarabran that the owner has decided to put livestock on to it due to such a dry season and no hope of harvesting a crop. It was first reported by Sally Bryant – ABC Western Plains.

The pest is manageable, though can affect up to 80% of the crop if left unchecked. If you suspect the Russian aphid maybe in your crops, you can report it to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881, and for ways to control this pest, go to the GRDC website .

Easy on the rain

So, have been waiting for the moisture to turn up and then could commence a few new trials. Nope, not going to happen. So looks like have to invent a new seeder that sows cacti, aloe or yucca’s. It just will not rain. The spring afternoons are pleasant, with the sun going down a little later each day, with the nights still cool.