Go on a visual journey across Australia with the Bureau of Meteorology's 2017 Australian Weather Calendar
Escape to the cloud-capped mountains of Lord Howe Island, the shimmering Antarctic skies or somewhere over the rainbow in the Bureau of Meteorology's spectacular 2017 Australian Weather Calendar.
Hundreds of photographers from every Australian State and Territory submitted images to the Bureau for selection in this year's calendar, with only the best chosen to represent the full spectrum of Australian weather.
The calendar has been a favourite gift for those hard-to-buy-for friends and relatives for more than 30 years and can be ordered from the Bureau's online shop shop.bom.gov.au or purchased at selected Bureau offices.
This year's breathtaking cover image features a single, thin cloud crossing the sky and forming a loop above a stand of boab trees in Derby, Western Australia.
Other winning photographs include:
- hail in the Ilparpa Claypans, Northern Territory;
- cumulonimbus over Point Lincoln, South Australia;
- the aurora australis viewed from Mawson Station, Antarctica;
- a gust front approaching Mona Vale, New South Wales;
- ice on the shore of Lake Guy, northeastern Victoria;
- gravity wave clouds east of Barrow Island, Western Australia;
- lenticular clouds over Mount Lidgbird and Mount Gower on Lord Howe Island;
- a rainbow near Binda, New South Wales;
- a moon halo over Bencubbin, Western Australia;
- Canberra in fog from Mount Ainslie, Australian Capital Territory;
- a lightning strike near Longreach, Queensland; and
- a frosted spiderweb in St Marys, Tasmania.
CEO and Director of Meteorology Dr Andrew Johnson said the popularity of the calendar, published jointly by the Bureau and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, grows every year.
"The calendar is a tradition in many homes across Australia, with sales growing every year," Dr Johnson said.
"As well as the awe-inspiring weather images every year the calendar has a different theme. This year looks at how the Bureau engages with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their knowledge of Australia's weather.
"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been recording information about weather, water, climate and the environment for more than 50 000 years. Engaging with these communities and sharing valuable seasonal cultural information adds exceptional value to the products and services the Bureau can provide to the Australian community."
To order the calendar, go to the online shop at shop.bom.gov.au or phone 1300 798 789. Calendar prices start at $14 (excl. P&P) and can be sent to friends and family anywhere in the world.
The Indigenous Weather Knowledge website can be found at www.bom.gov.au/iwk.