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An island life: A short history of the long-standing meteorological service on Lord Howe Island

An island life: A short history of the long-standing meteorological service on Lord Howe Island

The Bureau of Meteorology’s staffed weather station on Lord Howe Island has a unique and vibrant history, with weather observations on this little piece of offshore Australia dating back an incredible 129 years. For the island community of just 380 people, days invariably begin by checking the daily...

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Our offshore automatic weather stations in the Coral Sea

Our offshore automatic weather stations in the Coral Sea

In late January 2014, as tropical cyclone Dylan bore down on the Queensland coast, residents could monitor the path and progress of the season’s first Category 2 cyclone with up-to-the-minute data from one of the world’s most sophisticated networks of offshore weather stations. As the newspapers rolled...

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After the storm: How cyclone Tracy made meteorologists for life

After the storm: How cyclone Tracy made meteorologists for life

As Darwin prepares to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Australia’s most famous cyclone, three Bureau forecasters look back on a night that shook up their lives—and left an indelible mark on their careers. Mark Williams and Greg Bond will never forget the night before Christmas 1974. Like many young...

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Hands across the ocean: How global collaboration has transformed our tsunami warnings

Hands across the ocean: How global collaboration has transformed our tsunami warnings

A decade after the Indian Ocean Tsunami caused one of the greatest natural disasters of our time, the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia are providing the technological backbone of one of the world’s most advanced tsunami warning systems. There can be few adults on the planet who do not remember...

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Ahead of the storm: How Australia benefits from global advances in cyclone forecasting

Ahead of the storm: How Australia benefits from global advances in cyclone forecasting

Tropical cyclone forecasting has come an extremely long way in the four decades since cyclone Tracy – and Australia benefits from some of the best scientific and technological resources in the business. When tropical cyclone Tracy made landfall on Christmas Day 1974, cyclone forecasting in Australia was a...

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