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Forecasters are saying El Niño is on, so get ready for a dry summer.

We've all got used to hearing El Niño and La Niña in the media these days but what does it all mean?

Saving you having to look it up on Wikipedia or ABC and wading through an intense technical explanation we have written up with this simplified version.

What is El Niño?
The Pacific Ocean undergoes cyclic changes which were labelled in Spanish many years ago as El Niño and La Niña. The two phases result from the ocean and atmosphere interacting with each other all the time and causing longer term weather patterns. It's not just a merry-go-round in the ocean, there is also a ferris wheel operating between ocean and sky.

Apparently some cheeky South American fishermen noticed different weather periods that operated outside the seasons back in the day. Unknown to them it turned out to be the result of the Pacific Ocean's temperatures varying from east to west. For instance, the tropical Pacific's western waters are some of the warmest ocean temperatures in the world. These are part of the reason that Australians can surf all year round and more so, experience more than just the regular 4 seasons. These warm tropical waters vary in temperature a bit and so we sometimes have hot years or periods, dryer years and wet spells that seem to go on for a year or more.


So we are nearly in a state of El Niño,
The Bureau of Meteorology won't call it just yet but with the approaching El Niño phase, the western Pacific near us is cooler than normal. Meanwhile the central and eastern tropical Pacific experiences abnormal warmth. This results in the weakening of the trade winds, which typically blow from the east to the west across the Pacific. Simple right?
The trade winds and the warm Pacific water play a small part in Australian daily weather systems... Think supporting actor, not Tom Cruise. Meanwhile over in South America warmer ocean waters make extra moist clouds, fueled by the ascending warm air over the eastern Pacific, which brings rainfall to wash the decks of all those smelly fishing boats... And hopefully the fishermen too.
By contrast, in Australia we get what we're famous for - dry weather. The colder than normal adjacent sea waters and changes the wind patterns such that the east coast experiences reduced rainfall.
If you have not glazed over by now then let's skip to the part about what it means for you.

El Niño causes Australian east coast to experience:
- Warmer-than-average temperatures
- Less rain
- Greater bush fire danger
- Fewer tropical cyclones, and fewer crossing the coast
- Later onset of the Monsoon rains, if you live in the far north

While weather forecasters are frequently wrong, the expectation is that we will have a hot and dry summer. Fewer storms, less rain and higher temperatures.
This means a range of things for your lifestyle inside and outside the house and around the gardens. We expect that you will spend more time in the pool, as well as looking after it. As we look towards spring and then to summer, you could trust that we'll be there to help you every step of the way. As always, if you're in need of supplies or a water test for your pool, appreciate you'll always be welcome in the store.

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