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:

  • MOJO can have a big influence on Australia’s weather and climate, especially during the warmest months of the year.
  • 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 represents the El Niño 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 represents the Indian Ocean Dipole. Like ENSO, changes in INDY's behaviour also has a significant influence on rainfall probabilities in inland NSW during winter and spring.
  • SAM represents the Southern Annular Mode and 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 the East Coast Low phenomena represents the deep low pressure systems that are an important climate feature along the southeast coast of Australia.

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.