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Ocean heat waves and weaker winds will keep Australia warm for a while yet

Ocean heat waves and weaker winds will keep Australia warm for a while yet

Our latest climate outlook suggests the above-average warmth of April is likely to extend into May, and for parts of the south, potentially into winter. The outlooks for May temperatures show that both days and nights are likely to be warmer than average for much of Australia. Only northeast Queensland is likely...

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Explainer: what are flash floods?

Explainer: what are flash floods?

Flash flooding is a significant threat across Australia. It can cause roads to become rivers, washing away cars and people. And it's not just people living near rivers who are at risk; flash floods are particularly dangerous because they can affect areas away from watercourses and happen with little or no warning....

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What to expect from the climate when the outlooks are neutral

What to expect from the climate when the outlooks are neutral

Sometimes the patterns in the oceans and atmosphere that drive Australia's climate aren't strong enough to steer us towards a wetter- or drier-than-average season, resulting in a neutral, or 50:50, outlook. So what does that mean for the upcoming season—and how can it help you with planning? Why are likely...

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Explainer: how meteorologists forecast the weather

Explainer: how meteorologists forecast the weather

It’s daily ‘must-have’ information around the world and for many it’s like an addiction—people tell us they won’t leave the house without checking their weather forecast! So exactly how do our meteorologists forecast the weather? Being a meteorologist is like being a...

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Curious Kids: what causes windy weather?

Curious Kids: what causes windy weather?

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome—serious, weird or wacky! See the end of the article for how to ask a question. What causes windy weather?—Jake, aged 8,...

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