Classic (Cold and Wet) La Nina Climate Settles in for November across Australia

Cause Of Unusually Intense Pacific Storms of The Past Week
10/26/2021, 8:00 pm EDT
ENSO Forecast: La Nina Peak DEC/JAN; Ending MAR/APR
11/05/2021, 3:52 pm EDT
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Fig. 1: NCEP CFS V2 upper air forecast for November 2021 across South America.

Discussion: Operational models indicate an amplified upper trough pattern that could initiate record-cool temperatures in the 11-15-day period across west/central Australia lingering for much of the remainder of November once established (according to ECMWF). The upper trough will cause widespread wetter than normal weather from northwest-to-southeast across Australia in November. The November upper trough is no stranger to Australian climate during a La Nina regime. Using both Nino34 SSTA and multivariate ENSO index (MEI) for the past 10 months of November when La Nina was present renders the semi-permanent November upper air climatology for Australia featured in today’s operational models although the 2021 version looks more intense.

Fig. 2: Climatology of the upper air pattern across Australia during November when La Nina is present since the late 1990’s.