The Climatedogs: The main drivers that influence climate in NSW

The NSW Climatedog animation series uses humorous animations of sheep dogs to explain complex atmospheric phenomena to farmers. The series has been developed in collaboration with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Victorian Department of Primary Industries.

Each of these dogs represents the main drivers of climate variability in NSW.

‘Ridgy’ otherwise known as the Subtropical Ridge is the lead dog of the pack. ‘Enso’ represents the El Nino Southern Oscillation phenomena, ‘Indy’ represents the Indian Ocean Dipole, ‘Sam’ represents the Southern Annular Mode and 'Eastie’ the East Coast Low phenomena.

Climatedogs: Overview

An introduction to the NSW Climatedog animation series. This series has been developed to assist farmers understand complex phenomena which drive climate variability in NSW.

RIDGY: Sub-tropical Ridge (STR)

‘Ridgy’ otherwise known as the Subtropical Ridge is the lead dog of the pack. 'Ridgy's' position and intensity have a significant influence on weather in NSW. Recent changes in Ridgy's behaviour appear to be driving some significant changes to southern NSW rainfall patterns.

ENSO: El Niño Southern Oscillation

‘Enso’ represents the El Nino Southern Oscillation phenomena. Changes in 'Enso's' behaviour has a significant influence on rainfall probabilities in inland NSW during the winter and spring period.

INDY: Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD)

‘Indy’ represents the Indian Ocean Dipole. Like 'Enso' changes in 'Indy's' behaviour also have a a significant influence on rainfall probabilities in inland NSW during winter and spring.

SAM: Southern Annular Mode

‘Sam’ otherwise known as the Southern Annular Mode is a complex climate dog. Recent changes in Sam's behaviour increase probabilities of rainfall in spring and summer in some parts of NSW.

EASTIE: East Coast Low

'Eastie' better known as the East Coast Low represents the deep low pressure systems that are an important climate feature along the southeast coast of Australia.