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SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, June 2) - A key long-range
forecaster says he is getting mixed signals on the weather front.

Dr Roger Stone of Queensland's Center for Climate Application
relies on movements in the Pacific Ocean in May to lock in forecasts for this

He said it looks like it will be a wetter winter than last year,
but not as positive for farmers as hoped.

Stone said it will be a matter of keeping a very close eye on
the Pacific.

"This is going to be a bit of a mixed year, I suspect,
ahead of us and the Pacific Ocean is probably going to be doing all sorts of
tricky things," he said. "So, not a clear-cut El Nino and not a
clear-cut La Nina. Something in between."

June 4, 2003

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