Southern Oscillation Index and hail in Australia

E. Linacre


There appears to be a weak relationship between El Niño's and the occurrence of hailstorms in Australia (1). Hail damage is slightly higher when the SOI is high - the La Niña phase, although there have been El Niño years during which severe hail damage occurred.



(1) From a newsletter of the Natural Hazards Research Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney.