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Planning for the northern rains

Planning for the northern rains

The Bureau's northern rainfall onset outlook lets businesses and communities in northern Australia know the chances of an early or late start to the summer rains. If you're a grazier, a mango grower, a sugarcane farmer or a fisherman in northern Australia, the annual swing from the dry season (during the cooler...

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Wild encounters: observing weather in the wild west

Wild encounters: observing weather in the wild west

Chance of rain 30%, humidity 60%...poisonous snake 100%—It's just another day at the office for some Bureau staff! Forecasting and observing weather across the Australian continent and offshore on remote islands and Territories often requires our staff to work in close proximity of diverse wildlife. The...

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The big chill: what is a cold front?

The big chill: what is a cold front?

A cold front is a feature we see every day on weather maps, particularly through southern parts of Australia. So what are they, and should you put your outdoor activities on ice when one is heading your way? The cold front shirtfront Cold fronts can pack a powerful punch. In 2014 a sequence of strong cold fronts...

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What is an East Coast Low?

What is an East Coast Low?

East Coast Lows (ECL) are intense low pressure systems that occur off the eastern coast of Australia, in particular southeast Queensland, New South Wales, far eastern Victoria, and sometimes Tasmania. Although they can occur at any time of the year, they are more common during late autumn and winter with a maximum...

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Far from bore-ing: What is groundwater?

Far from bore-ing: What is groundwater?

Over time, water from rain and rivers migrates through the ground and is stored in porous soils and rocks forming aquifers—which we refer to as groundwater. Across Australia, vast quantities of groundwater fill the spaces between grains of soil or rock, and flows slowly. In fact, an aquifer is more like a...

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