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El Niño WATCH—everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask

El Niño WATCH—everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask

The ENSO Outlook helps keep tabs on the likelihood of an El Niño—or La Niña—developing in the months ahead. But what does it actually mean when the needle points to El Niño WATCH? The ENSO Outlook assesses the likely evolution of the El Niño–Southern...

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How does a weather radar work?

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Jutting above the landscape like a giant golf ball on a tee, a weather radar uses radio waves to detect rain (and sometimes wind) in the area around it. So, what’s really going on inside the ‘golf ball’ and how do radars work? Australia has the fourth-largest weather radar network in the world,...

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Don't be left out in the cold—weather safety in Australia's alpine regions

Don't be left out in the cold—weather safety in Australia's alpine regions

Our alpine regions are some of the most beautiful parts of Australia. Yet the features that attract visitors—stunning mountains and snowy landscapes—mean activities there are very exposed to hazardous weather. Understanding alpine weather can help you to be better prepared, or change your plans, for a...

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The power in ordinary things: a career in weather

The power in ordinary things: a career in weather

With a lifelong sense of wonder about weather and the natural world, Tarini Casinader was a perfect fit for the Bureau. Starting out 38 years ago as a front-line meteorologist, she retires as our first female Regional Director. From farmers to fire fighters, salespeople to sailors, pilots to...

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Cold water shock: be prepared before boating

Cold water shock: be prepared before boating

Falling into cold water (under 15 °C) can have extreme effects on your body and its ability to function—and these can kick in much faster than you think. If you participate in water activities you need to be prepared for these risks all year round. How dangerous is cold water? Falling into cold water...

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