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The air above Antarctica is suddenly getting warmer—here's what it means for Australia

The air above Antarctica is suddenly getting warmer—here's what it means for Australia

Record warm temperatures above Antarctica over the coming weeks are likely to bring above-average spring temperatures and below-average rainfall across large parts of New South Wales and southern Queensland. The warming began in the last week of August, when temperatures in the stratosphere high above the South...

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The winter was dry, the spring will likely be dry – here's why

The winter was dry, the spring will likely be dry  – here's why

Winter still has a few days to run, but it’s highly likely to be one of Australia’s warmest and driest on record. While final numbers will be crunched once August ends, this winter will probably rank among the top ten warmest for daytime temperatures and the top ten driest for rainfall. While it was...

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Fire weather across northern Australia

Fire weather across northern Australia

Anyone who has visited northern Australia during the dry season would be familiar with the dry, warm days and beautiful smoky, orange sunsets that grace the horizons each evening. However, the weather conditions that make our tropical landscape so picturesque also make it one of the most fire-prone environments in...

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Explainer: what is drought?

Explainer: what is drought?

The effects of drought can be distressing—particularly in agricultural areas and on the environment—and can affect the whole community. So, what causes drought, is it becoming more frequent and how can you track whether your area is affected? Drought is a prolonged, abnormally dry period when the...

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Explainer: what is a flood?

Explainer: what is a flood?

Flooding is among Australia's most deadly natural disasters—but it's also important for the life cycle of many plants and animals, and for agriculture. So what causes floods and how will you know if there's one on the way? Flooding occurs when water escapes (or is released) from a watercourse (such as a...

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