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Key things to know about ECL
While Enso, Indy, Sam & Ridgy are key climate drivers that affect Victoria's seasonal rainfall, in eastern Gippsland their effect on annual rainfall can be masked by East Coast Lows.
An update from Eastie
Eastie represents a key climate feature that can bring heavy rains to eastern Gippsland and the east coast of Australia.
So what are East Coast Lows?
- ECL can occur several times a year of the eastern coast of Australia
- They can occur at any time of year, but often in Autumn and Winter
- ECL can form rapidly overnight and are thought to be caused by decaying cyclones, existing low pressure systems or in the wake of passing fronts
- Sea surface temperature gradients can contribute to the formation of ECL
- ECL cause heavy and widespread rainfall, often dominating a regions annual tally
- Evidence suggests that increasing Sub-Tropical Ridge strength might affect the formation of ECL
Where to go for more information?
For more information about the ECL visit the following pages
The Bureau of Meteorology has an extensive fact sheet on ECL
The Bureau of Meteorology take a closer look at the 2007 ECL event, one of the largest ECL events recorded (also known as the Pasha Bulka storm).