Cooking up a storm

Glenn Cook is blowing people away with his monthly webinar climate briefings.

The Senior Climate Liaison Officer for the Bureau of Meteorology, puts the previous month’s weather into context, detailing recent temperatures and rainfall compared to the warmest and driest on record.

himawari 8 30 July 2015

Monthly and seasonal outlooks wrap up the half hour session, with perhaps the most beneficial section at the end where there is time to quiz the experts.

The climate briefing is not the only new product coming out of the Bureau.

Australian’s now have access to high resolution satellite imagery  from Himawari-8, a geostationary weather satellite operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

November also saw the launch of the AWRA Landscape Water Balance web portal.

What’s with the web portal?

The web portal provides Australia-wide information on key landscape water balance components including soil moisture, runoff, evapotranspiration, deep drainage and precipitation in near-real time.

“The Bureau is going through an unprecedented period of development of our dynamical computer model climate outlooks, and is excited at the prospect of being able to provide a more accurate, more timely, and seamless forecasting service in the next few years with forecasts and outlooks that go from days to weeks to months to seasons,” Mr Cook said.

Want to know more? He’ll be at this forum

Farmers in the NAR will have a chance to benefit from Glenn’s 25 years of experience with the Bureau of Meteorology when he discusses climate change and climate modelling in the upcoming Productive Farming Future Forum in Coorow.

When looking at the graph for the annual mean temperature anomaly-  Southwest Australia he said: “Climate change is something that West Australia’s have been dealing with for several decades now, as rainfall in the southwest continues to decline, and temperatures have risen across the state by about 1 °C in the past one hundred years.”

If you would like to know more about Glenn’s webinar climate briefings, he can be contacted at

Productive Farming Future Forum

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday 10 February
Venue: Coorow District Hall
Time: 9:45 am – 3:30 pm

Register via Eventbrite ( register or for more information, please contact NACC’s Regional Landcare Facilitator at or call 9938 0105.

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