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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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Planning for the northern rains

Planning for the northern rains

The Bureau's northern rainfall onset outlook lets businesses and communities in northern Australia know the chances of an early or late start to the summer rains. If you're a grazier, a mango grower, a sugarcane farmer or a fisherman in northern Australia, the annual swing from the dry season (during the cooler...

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