I predicted changes for February 4-8, 11-15, and 17-21. Here’s the plot of temperatures, rainfall, and mean sea level pressure for the 10 sub-tropical Queensland sites I monitor. I’ve marked the expected dates for weather changes in green, including the range.
All changes were within the time periods I predicted- but I’m not happy with last week. There was definitely a change on February 13 with cooler, cloudy weather on the coast as expected, but the plot shows a change on February 11 (still within the predicted range) that seems separate. I missed this one through inattention to small details. While the rain and pressure matches the predicted event peaking February 19, this was a little earlier too- Tmin peaked on February 16. Possibly this shows in the data because there was a combination of two separate inland and coastal systems, and a blocking high in the Tasman Sea kept feeding cooler, moist winds onto the coast. Therefore I’ll claim 10 out of 10 correct predictions for the year, and count one missed change on the 11th.
Changes were at the right times but appear to be preceded by ripples. Was this a chance disruption or is there a permanent shift in timing, perhaps co-incident with the changing seasons (as the indicator I used was the temperatures back in mid-September last year)? If the latter is the case then we can expect all events for the next couple of months to be a couple of days earlier than predicted. In any event I am going to keep a closer eye on inland vs coastal parts of the region.
For the rest of February and March, I’m expecting changes at these times (shown in orange in the plot above):
I’m having trouble interpreting data for March. Unstable conditions I think with frequent small changes from 24 February to 16 March. Is this the rather late wet season? The monsoon is certainly strengthening again.
6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16- 17-18-19-20-21. ( I think there’ll be 2 major events, 6-11 March and 12-16 March with a follow up on 19 March.)
27-28-29-30-31- 1 April.
Cluttered, isn’t it? That’s what my “model” tells me. And to those who say I can’t be wrong because so many days are covered- I can be wrong indeed if the weather is stable and clear with few changes. For example if there are no changes/ rain events between March 6 and 21 I’ll be wrong 3 times. It’s easier to prove me wrong than right!
And indications for July are 16, 21, and 26.