Sunspots herald change in the weather with bulk of drought behind us

By Jamie Brown
Updated January 15 2020 - 12:36am, first published January 11 2020 - 7:00am
After the dust and smoke clears Eastern Australia will return to a wet period. Will we be in a position to harvest that water or will it just run away?

The first sunspots to appear in a long time are like early sparrows arriving in spring - a sure sign that a new solar cycle is upon us, bringing the hope of rain says long-term forecaster Dr Rob Baker, Armidale, who says that while the next six to 12 months may offer some respite with scattered rain, the potential for drought remains for another two years - including another El Nino event.