Climate going to the dogs


I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the weather has become increasingly complicated. Once upon a time, all you needed to know was that every day was going to be “partly sunny with a chance of showers”. If you were ready for anything you wouldn’t be surprised.

These days if you haven’t got an opinion on La Nina, the East Coast Low or the Southern Oscillation Index you can’t even have a conversation at a bus stop.

Fortunately, the good people of the Department of Primary Industries have come up with a helpful guide for those of us who tend to feel a bit bamboozled by all this climate jargon.

Aimed at farmers, the ClimateDogs animations use cartoon dogs to represent the most important drivers of our weather, including the Indian Ocean Dipole (represented by Indy), the Subtropical Ridge (Ridgy), and the Southern Annular Mode (Sam).

The animations explain complex atmospheric phenomena in a language even I can understand, and they’re well worth a look for anyone interested in exactly why the garden is underwater or bone dry.

 ClimateDogs animations are available for Victoria and NSW. The rest of the country will just have to: Sit! And wait!

By: Simon Webster

First published: April 2012

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