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Australia Weather Outlook for February to April

The Bureau of Meteorology has just released their climate outlook for February through April, meaning we have a few hints about what the general weather trends over the next few months should be. Dry and warm in eastern and central Australia For most of central and eastern Australia, the next

By |February 17th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rainy Low Ending Monday, but Unsettled Weather Will Continue

Blustery winds throughout New Zealand Over this past weekend, a substantial low pressure system brought rain and wind to most of New Zealand. In Auckland, for example, winds surpassed 100 km/hr in multiple areas. In Wellington, winds reached a gusting 140 km/hr. Fast winds also hit the east coast of

By |January 24th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Highlights from the Climate Outlook for November to January

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology just released their climate outlook for November 2016 to January 2017. The outlook includes weather trends around Australia for the next 3 months, including predictions about the Indian Ocean Dipole. So what will the rest of 2016’s weather be like? We go through the highlights

By |November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Severe Weather in Australia this Week as a Low Front Comes in

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a number of severe weather warnings this week, as a low front brings rain, wind, and thunderstorms. The low and cold front developed in the Great Australian Bight on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, and it is moving towards South Australia, where the weather

By |September 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Indian Ocean Dipole Is Temporarily Negative

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has reported that the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) has reached a negative phase, which should bring an increased level of rainfall. However, the IOD should level off in the near future, and it’s unlikely that it will reach La Niña conditions this year. Stronger Negative

By |September 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sun in Western New Zealand, Rain Everywhere Else

This week has brought mostly calm weather, with some clouds and rain, particularly in the north. Rain will be the dominant weather through the weekend, although if you’re looking for a spot of sun, you should be able to find it on the South Island’s west coast. Overcast and wet

By |September 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

A New Week Brings Warmer but Rainier Weather

After a cold snap last week, New Zealand residents can expect a break from low temperatures and snow. We’ll be able to start off the week with clear skies and calm weather. In place of snow, however, we can expect some rain later in the week. So make sure to

By |September 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Australia Climate Outlook for September

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has released their spring climate outlook, and it looks like most of the country is in for a warm and rainy season. So break out the wellies, make sure your water tank is set up for collection, and get ready for warm temperatures: spring is

By |September 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Mostly Calm Weekend Ahead of Some Wet Weather

This week, New Zealand has enjoyed some calm weather as a break from the rain, snow, and low temperatures of much of the winter. The nice weather looks like it will continue through the weekend. We should all take advantage of it while it lasts, however, because things are likely

By |August 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Makes Alkatuff Different from Other Plastics?

Today, most water tanks are made out of plastic, but not all plastics are equal. Alkatuff Polyethylene is a specialised kind of plastic that is made especially for water tanks in environments like Australia’s. Because of its specialised design, it stands out from other plastics in a number of ways,

By |August 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Calm Weather this Week in New Zealand

Finally, after a couple of weeks of cold, wet, and snowy weather across New Zealand, we can expect a break. For most of this week, residents across both the North and South Islands will be able to enjoy some calmer weather and warmer temperatures. A Break from Snow and Rain

By |August 16th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why UV Resistance is Important to Consider When Choosing a Water Tank

A water tank can be a great investment to save water for dry spells and cut down on water bills. If your water tank wears down from harsh weather and cracks, however, you’ll lose both the tank and the water you’ve saved – not a great investment. To prevent this

By |August 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cold Weather Continues throughout New Zealand

After a weekend of cold and snowy weather, MetService has issued a warning that New Zealand’s cold weather streak is poised to continue through the first half of this week. Low temperatures expected on both the South and North Islands Following snow and cold weather over the weekend, a ridge

By |August 9th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Expect Snow in Southern New Zealand, Rain in Northern This Weekend

MetService issued a warning on Thursday that a low pressure system will be bringing snow to southern New Zealand and rain to northern New Zealand this weekend, with lower temperatures for everyone. As always with wintry weather, it should be a top priority to drive carefully and stay safe. Snow

By |August 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Record-Low IOD Index Values Means a Rainy Winter and Spring for Southern Australia

The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology announced this week that the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) has established a negative pattern. A negative IOD means higher-than-usual rainfall for southern, central, and eastern Australia. A Negative IOD and Rain The IOD oscillates between cooler and warmer temperatures in the Indian Ocean. When

By |August 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Southeast Qld and eastern NSW must prepare for wild conditions

With wet and windy weather set to hit Queensland and New South Wales the Bureau of Meteorology is advising caution, especially in coastal towns.

By |June 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

El Nino places Tasmania in a long, dry patch

If you live in a state that is experiencing a water shortage, then a Polyethylene water tank could be the right option for you.

By |May 31st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eastern Australia currently unusually warm

The warmer weather is planned to continue for weeks in many parts of Australia, with warm ocean temperatures the likely cause.

By |May 31st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sydney freezes during coldest May

The Bureau of Meteorology have staid that things won't be freezing forever, with Sydney still set to have a hot autumn, looking to be its warmest.

By |May 31st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Southern Queensland records no rainfall this week

The Bureau of Meteorology have stated in their reports this week that Southern Queensland records have shown little to no rainfall.

By |May 31st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pacific Ocean returns to neutral reports BOM

BOM have announced an official ENSO neutral status for the Pacific which hopefully signals the end to a period of drought for many regions.

By |May 31st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

How water tanks can detect gamma rays

Water tanks at the base of the Sierra Negra volcano near Puebla, Mexico are being used to detect gamma-rays within 100 GeV and 100 TeV.

By |May 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Weather warning for Western Australia

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a weather warning for Western Australia. While Perth is currently enjoying 22 degrees of mostly sun and light winds, this is soon to be replaced by a practised 14-degree weather and rain, descending into a possible storm on Saturday.Things should settle in and around

By |May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Above average temperatures keep on coming

Australia is currently experiencing some of the warmest temperatures on record for this time of the year, with Sydney hitting above 24 degrees.

By |May 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

BOM findings show high temperatures and low rainfall

BOM has confirmed that 2015 was the driest year on average for Australia, with some regions experiencing extreme drought.

By |May 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Quietest on-record cyclone season for Australia

Australia is going through quietest cyclone seasons since satellite tracking was introduced in 1970.This is likely due to El Nino.

By |May 16th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

BOM forecasts significant rainfall this weekend

Australians are asked to pay attention to weather reports ahead of this weekends predicted heavy rainfall and wild weather.

By |May 13th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fake mountain in UAE will hopefully bring real rainfall

The desert nation is looking to counter their subtropical-arid climate with cloud-seeding and a fake mountain.

By |May 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Above average rainfall expected for northern Victoria this winter

Weather pattern La Nina will likely bring uncharacteristically high rainfall to Victoria and surrounding regions in 2016.

By |May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Irrigators in South Australia are facing water cuts

South Australian farmers will have water cuts and a potential La Nina weather system to contend with this coming winter.

By |May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The likelihood of La Nina now higher says BOM

The Bureau of Metrology (BOM) has just released information showing 2015 and 2016's El Nino weather pattern has dropped down to weak to moderate levels. Meanwhile in the wings, La Nina's probable appearance for 2016 has become a lot more likely.The increased probability of La Nina comes off the back of

By |April 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

BOM reports on drop in water utilities usage

Australians are using less water from their water utilities provider, despite recent weather being much dryer than normal.

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

California is getting water conservation tips from Aussies

California is looking to Australia for more effective water conservation strategies that could reduce the lessen the damage of droughts in the future.

By |April 14th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

New weather radars announced for Victoria and North-west Tasmania

New funding for radars in Victoria and North-west Tasmania will help out areas that most need it.

By |April 13th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

A warmer Indian Ocean could encourage rainfall

With an end to El Nino, and a warmer Indian Ocean, dry areas in Australia could be looking forward to some healthy rainfall in April.

By |April 7th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is El Nino in decline?

While it is possible that 2015's El Nino is in decline, dry weather looks set to continue throughout 2016 as global weather conditions deteriorate.

By |April 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

BOM findings show continuing rainfall deficiencies

With BOM findings showing a rainfall deficiencies for a number of areas, some farmers are reaching out for help.

By |April 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Harvesting rainwater with quality water tanks

Having a simple, built-to-last rainfall harvesting solution can prevent costly leakage, and contribute to overall water conservation efforts.

By |April 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

BOM report highlights the importance of water supply diversity

As the BOM offers some promising findings about water use, one Australian went the distance to increase awareness about the water crisis.

By |March 30th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

BOM offers its latest climate forecast

The Bureau of Meteorology has just released its climate forecasts for the coming months, with good news for those in the Wheatbelt.

By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments