The FRCGC's Indian Ocean Dipole site or Jamstec site found here,
under it's "Seasonal Predictions" page has got the forecast world wide SST's for the periods, MAM, JJA and SON in 2008.
Also listed under the "Rainfall Prediction Exp" is the forecast rainfall trends for MAM and JJA 2008.
Also on the "Seasonal Prediction" page under "E-mail discussions" are the mails where Professor Toshio Yamagata of the FRCGC warned the BOM that Australia was looking at a dry winter in 2007.
The BOM's replies are included where they decided not to issue any warning of a dry winter period because it would cause too much trauma amongst the rural community.
So, a lot of grain growers, rather foolishly basing their seasons prospects on the one lot of very good opening rains in April went ahead and forward contracted grain for sale at harvest for what were good prices in May and June.
The crops turned out to be very poor when Professor Yamagata's prediction of a dry winter came true.
As a result a lot of grain growers have not been able to deliver their contracted amounts of grain and have had to find the cash to cover this non delivery.
And to rub salt into the raw wound, world grain prices rose dramatically, doubling the amount that most of these grain growers had to find.
A few of the most seriously affected graingrowers have had to find over a million dollars to meet their debts from their decisions which could have been much better based if the BOM had made public the probable dry winter forecast from Professor Yamagata.
Another interesting paper titled "Triggering of Positive Indian Ocean Dipole events by severe cyclones in the Bay of Bengal" can be found here.
If you wish to follow the world wide severe weather and cyclone events then the World Meteorological Organization site
or the "Tropical Storms Worldwide" site
are a couple of sites to watch.