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Fire weather across northern Australia

Fire weather across northern Australia

Anyone who has visited northern Australia during the dry season would be familiar with the dry, warm days and beautiful smoky, orange sunsets that grace the horizons each evening. However, the weather conditions that make our tropical landscape so picturesque also make it one of the most fire-prone environments in...

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Explainer: what is drought?

Explainer: what is drought?

The effects of drought can be distressing—particularly in agricultural areas and on the environment—and can affect the whole community. So, what causes drought, is it becoming more frequent and how can you track whether your area is affected? Drought is a prolonged, abnormally dry period when the...

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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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