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What causes a tropical low to become a cyclone?

What causes a tropical low to become a cyclone?

Eleven tropical cyclones form (on average) in the warm tropical waters around northern Australia each year. They bring with them extraordinary weather, including gale-force winds and heavy rainfall, and can cause serious destruction and devastation. So, how and where do they begin and what's needed for one to 'spin...

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Australia could see fewer cyclones, but more heat and fire risk in coming months

Australia could see fewer cyclones, but more heat and fire risk in coming months

Northern Australia is likely to see fewer cyclones than usual this season, but hot, dry weather will increase the risk of fire and heatwaves across eastern and southern Australia. Today we released our forecast for the tropical cyclone season, which officially runs from November 1 to April 30. Also published today...

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Know your weather: kayaking, canoeing and rafting

Know your weather: kayaking, canoeing and rafting

Whether you're looking for a relaxing paddle around a calm bay or adrenaline-fuelled white-water rafting, paddle sports are a great way to explore Australia's diverse waterways. However, the weather and water conditions are essential factors in how safe and enjoyable your paddling will be. So how can you make the...

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The air above Antarctica is suddenly getting warmer—here's what it means for Australia

The air above Antarctica is suddenly getting warmer—here's what it means for Australia

Record warm temperatures above Antarctica over the coming weeks are likely to bring above-average spring temperatures and below-average rainfall across large parts of New South Wales and southern Queensland. The warming began in the last week of August, when temperatures in the stratosphere high above the South...

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The winter was dry, the spring will likely be dry – here's why

The winter was dry, the spring will likely be dry  – here's why

Winter still has a few days to run, but it’s highly likely to be one of Australia’s warmest and driest on record. While final numbers will be crunched once August ends, this winter will probably rank among the top ten warmest for daytime temperatures and the top ten driest for rainfall. While it was...

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