Climate drivers refuse to budge leaving longer wait for rain

John Ellicott
Updated December 2 2019 - 1:36pm, first published November 29 2019 - 11:00am
A firefighter rescue near Tamworth this week. More difficult fire days are expected as the dry continues.
A firefighter rescue near Tamworth this week. More difficult fire days are expected as the dry continues.

It's the climate driver we all want to break up, but the system known as SAM (Southern Annular Mode) that can beset southern Australia with westerly winds and reduce rainfall, will be sticking around until at least Christmas.

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John Ellicott

John Ellicott

senior journalist

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