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Explainer: what is a flood?

Explainer: what is a flood?

Flooding is among Australia's most deadly natural disasters—but it's also important for the life cycle of many plants and animals, and for agriculture. So what causes floods and how will you know if there's one on the way? Flooding occurs when water escapes (or is released) from a watercourse (such as a...

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Know your weather: skiing and snowboarding

Know your weather: skiing and snowboarding

Each year skiers and snowboarders eagerly await the snow season, with fingers crossed for perfect powder and blue skies. So how can you use weather information to make the most of your trip to the snow? Planning your trip to the snow Selecting your dates The official snow season begins on the Queen's Birthday Long...

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Know your lows: East Coast Lows (and lookalikes)

Know your lows: East Coast Lows (and lookalikes)

An East Coast Low (ECL) is an intense low pressure system that causes severe weather over much of Australia's eastern seaboard, and the Tasman and Coral seas. ECLs hog the headlines, but where strong low pressure systems in the east are concerned, they're far from the only game in town. So, what exactly is an...

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Meet the locals: when the weather gives the place character

Meet the locals: when the weather gives the place character

Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, Australia’s local weather phenomena can be a defining feature of a city, town or region. From the sweet relief of the Fremantle Doctor taking the edge off Perth’s heat to the blustery southerly buster that can blast cool changes up along the New South Wales coast, our...

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Curious Kids: is sea water blue or is it just reflecting off the sky?

Curious Kids: is sea water blue or is it just reflecting off the sky?

Is sea water blue or is it just reflecting off the sky?—The students of Ms Brown’s class, Neerim South Public School, Victoria. This is a wonderful question as it involves many of the puzzles that motivated research into the physics of light in the early 20th century. The short answer is that the sea is...

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