When will it rain – or has it?

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You may have heard his voice on the ABC radio, talking about South Australia’s seasonal outlook. This is your chance to see Darren Ray, senior meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), when he visits the Island in April.

Natural Resources Kangaroo Island’s (NRKI) Regional Landcare Facilitator Kate Buck said the information sessions will look at KI’s seasonal outlook, climate variability, new developments on the BOM website, and improvements to climate modelling.

There will be two weather information sessions; one at the Parndana Sports Club, 7:30pm Thursday 7 April and another at MacGillary Cricket Club, 7:30pm Friday 8 April.

“These will explore MetEye and other BOM tools that can be used for future weather predictions,” Ms Buck said.

Kangaroo Island’s Natural Resource Management Board Presiding member Richard Trethewey said last year’s information session was well received by the farming community, with 40 farmers attending.

“As a farmer myself, I understand that the weather influences the decisions we make from season to season; the information session will demonstrate where to access innovative tools to help make informed discussions,” Mr Trethewey said.

“A key ingredient to sustainable farming is to be adaptive to change, especially with today’s variable climate.

“The weather predictions indicate that the KI region will become dryer during the growing season.

“With this in mind, Lyn Dolye of Rural Solutions will facilitate a graded catchment demonstration for farmers on Friday 8 April at P & K Lovering’s property on Lovering Road.”

These events are organised by NRKI and supported with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

To find out more information please visit the NRKI website http://www.landscape.sa.gov.au/ki/home or call the KI Regional Landcare Facilitator Kate Buck on Mobile: 0400 282 886 to RSVP by 30 March.

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