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A kaleidoscope of weather in the 2018 Australian Weather Calendar


Once again, the Bureau of Meteorology has assembled a stunning collection of images to feature in the Australian Weather Calendar.

Indulge in pages of spectacular Australian images including a crack of lightning over the Kimberley, a single plane dwarfed by an altocumulus cloud or the mosaic effect caused by torrential rain on a windscreen on a busy Sydney street.

This year's cover image features a full moon alongside the planet Mars shining through cirrostratus clouds over Kosciuszko National Park.

Other photographs featured in the 2018 line up include:

  • Sunset through fog at Mount Hotham, Victoria
  • A cold front brings powerful waves to Mornington Pier, Victoria
  • Lightning strike over Mount Isa mines, Queensland
  • A path through the clouds between Townsville and Richmond, Queensland
  • Central Sydney distorted by rain on a windscreen, New South Wales
  • Sunrise streaks through fog as seen from Mount Buninyong, Victoria
  • Lightning over Lake Argyle in the Kimberley, Western Australia
  • Asperitas clouds over Adelaide, South Australia
  • Storm cell seen across the West MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory
  • Changing skies above Capital Wind Farm near Bungendore, New South Wales
  • Storms over the Exercise KAKADU fleet off the Northern Territory coast
  • Aurora australis over Davis Station, Antarctica

The weather calendar, published jointly by the Bureau and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, can be ordered from the Bureau's online shop at or purchased at selected Bureau offices.

CEO and Director of Meteorology Dr. Andrew Johnson said he is excited about the collection of images featured in this year's calendar.

"Every year the Australian Weather Calendar stands out due to its exceptional quality and detail with every image accompanied by a scientific explanation of the phenomena featured.

"This year's calendar also highlights the Bureau’s focus on delivering impact and value for all Australians and driving excellence in everything we do for the community, businesses and the environment,” he said.

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.

To order the calendar, go to the online shop at or phone 1300 798 789. Calendar prices start at $14 for the small version and $16 for the traditional A2 size (excl. P&H) and can be sent to friends and family anywhere in the world.