Surprising wetter soil moisture anomalies Interior East Australia

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The updated Australia soil moisture analysis for November 2019 identifies a surprising wet change for Interior East Australia centered on northwest New South Wales. Harsh drought continues in eastern New South Wales.

Surprising wetter soil moisture anomalies Interior East Australia

Discussion: The updated Australia soil moisture analysis for November 2019 identifies a surprising wet change for Interior East Australia centered on northwest New South Wales (Fig. 1). Harsh drought continues in eastern New South Wales. The November 2019 rainfall continued sparse except for northwest New South Wales and coastal northwest Australia (Fig. 2). The beneficial although isolated rainfall is attributed to warming of the ocean surface northwest and northeast of Australia (Fig. 3) which could expand an Australian wetter climate if the warm SSTA trend continues.

Fig. 1: Soil moisture anomalies for Australia after November 2019.

Fig. 2: The November 2019 rainfall rankings across Australia.

Fig. 3: Warmer waters emerging northwest and northeast of Australia lend support to wetter climate in Australia if the trend continues.