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Winter weather: what you need to know

Winter weather: what you need to know

Australia is famous for its summers but plenty of people also love the cooler months for getting out and about. While the north enjoys warm and dry conditions, southern areas may see snow-covered mountains, foggy airports and winter storms. Whether you love winter or merely endure it, it's important to know what to...

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Explainer: what is a marine heatwave?

Explainer: what is a marine heatwave?

Marine heatwaves happen when sea temperatures are warmer than normal for an extended period. Warmer waters for swimming and surfing—what’s not to like? Unfortunately, quite a lot. The effect on marine life and the aquaculture industry can be devastating. So what causes marine heatwaves and should we...

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Explainer: what is thunder?

Explainer: what is thunder?

It is a dark and stormy night, and you see a spectacular flash of light in the sky—lightning. What's coming next? You guessed it…thunder! So what is thunder, how is it connected to lightning and what's the story with that distinctive rumbling sound? Thunder is the sound produced by rapidly expanding...

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Winter is coming, and it's looking mighty mild

Winter is coming, and it's looking mighty mild

After an exceptionally warm and dry autumn, it’s time to look ahead to see what’s in store for winter. Our climate outlook for winter, issued today, shows above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall are likely across southern Australia. While some will relish the prospect of a mild winter, the...

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Explainer: How does hail form?

Explainer: How does hail form?

Whether it's peppering your window pane or battering your roof, hail can really make you sit up and take notice. But as well as creating an acoustic and visual spectacle, severe hailstorms have the potential to damage homes and cars, and cause life-threatening injuries. So how does hail form, and should you run for...

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