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We’re calling it, the 2015 El Niño is here

We’re calling it, the 2015 El Niño is here

We’re calling it. The Bureau’s ENSO Tracker status has moved from ALERT to EL NIÑO, signalling the official declaration by the Bureau of Meteorology of El Niño 2015. El Niño is often associated with drought in Australia. It may be cold comfort for those toughing out the current dry...

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Bureau diggers: remembering staff who served in First World War

Bureau diggers: remembering staff who served in First World War

More than a third of eligible staff in Australia’s fledgling weather bureau volunteered for military service in First World War. Between April 1915 and March 1918, 18 men from the Commonwealth Meteorological Bureau traded their thermometers and theodolites for rifles and gas-masks in service of King and...

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The weather women: how a group of pioneers brought equality to Australian meteorology

The weather women: how a group of pioneers brought equality to Australian meteorology

It is hard to believe that it is only 50 years since the first significant group of women meteorologists were qualified by the Bureau—and Australia’s first female forecasters began their careers. Fifty years ago this week, seven young forecasters made history when they graduated from the Bureau of...

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Rising knowledge: How sea-level monitoring is uniting the Pacific Islands

Rising knowledge: How sea-level monitoring is uniting the Pacific Islands

The Bureau of Meteorology has recently released two short videos that give an insight into how sea-level monitoring is carried out in the world’s largest ocean—and why it is so crucial. Visitors walking along the seafront in most Pacific Island capitals will invariably stop to admire the fishermen...

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An island life: A short history of the long-standing meteorological service on Lord Howe Island

An island life: A short history of the long-standing meteorological service on Lord Howe Island

The Bureau of Meteorology’s staffed weather station on Lord Howe Island has a unique and vibrant history, with weather observations on this little piece of offshore Australia dating back an incredible 129 years. For the island community of just 380 people, days invariably begin by checking the daily...

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