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Surging ahead: careers in water

Surging ahead: careers in water

There’s a lot more to the Bureau than just meteorology—while we’ve retained a strong focus on meteorological services over the past 100 years, these days we also focus on the interactions with our ocean, land and water resources, and the ecosystems that depend on them. A balancing act Water...

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To Bourke and beyond: one scientist’s epic journey to 112 weather stations

To Bourke and beyond: one scientist’s epic journey to 112 weather stations

There are 112 weather observation stations that feed into Australia’s official long-term temperature record—and Bureau scientist, Blair Trewin, has made it his personal mission to visit all of them! Having travelled extensively across Australia—from Horn Island in the north to Cape Bruny in the...

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Plane talking: tracking and forecasting volcanic ash

Plane talking: tracking and forecasting volcanic ash

It’s one of the top international holiday destinations for Australians, but Indonesia is also home to some of the world’s most active volcanoes—with volcanic ash regularly causing significant flight disruptions. So why is volcanic ash a serious safety hazard for the aviation industry and how does...

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Cool-season tornadoes

Cool-season tornadoes

You might think that tornadoes only occur with summertime thunderstorms. In fact, southern parts of Australia can experience tornadoes all year round. In the cooler months, the weather in southern Australia is characterised by bursts of wind and rain from cold fronts sweeping up from the Southern Ocean, followed...

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The big chill: what is a cold front?

The big chill: what is a cold front?

A cold front is a feature we see every day on weather maps, particularly through southern parts of Australia. So what are they, and should you put your outdoor activities on ice when one is heading your way? The cold front shirtfront Cold fronts can pack a powerful punch. In 2014 a sequence of strong cold fronts...

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