Have you noticed how your electricity bills keep going up? How do you keep this cost under control whilst remaining comfortable in your property? One of the biggest culprits is the radiant heat that comes through your glass windows and skylights. Air-conditioners are usually the main users of electricity, especially during times of peak tariff when you feel the heat most.
By having IQue Window Films applied to your glass you are able to dramatically reduce the radiant heat that enters your home, shop or office, but not the natural light. This means you can avoid or reduce the need for air-conditioning to keep a comfortable temperature.
With El Niño, expect these hotter dryer days to increase. By applying IQue to your windows or skylights you will be able to maintain the natural look of your windows whilst saving on your power costs.
The tropical Pacific Ocean surface temperature is currently at levels typically associated with a weak El Niño, waters below the surface have cooled and atmospheric patterns continue to remain neutral.
However, over the past fortnight changes have occurred in the atmosphere that may be a response to the warm surface waters–the Southern Oscillation Index has dropped by over 10 points, and weakened trade winds have re-appeared. These changes would need to persist for several weeks in order for an El Niño to be considered established, and it remains possible they are simply related to shorter term weather variability.
Climate models surveyed by the Bureau continue to indicate that El Niño is likely to develop by spring 2014. The Bureau’s ENSO Tracker remains at El Niño ALERT, indicating at least a 70% chance of El Niño developing in 2014.
For Australia and New Zealand, El Niño is often associated with below-average rainfall over southern and eastern inland areas and above-average daytime temperatures over southern parts of the continent.
The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is currently neutral. Model outlooks suggest the IOD is most likely to remain neutral through winter and spring. The likelihood of a positive IOD event increases with El Niño. Positive IOD events are typically associated with large parts of southern and central Australia experiencing lower rainfall than usual and moderate to high temperatures.