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Remembering Black Saturday: the extraordinary weather behind Victoria's 2009 bushfires

Remembering Black Saturday: the extraordinary weather behind Victoria's 2009 bushfires

The Black Saturday bushfires of 7 February 2009 were a devastating and historic disaster. They caused the deaths of 173 people and many more suffered the loss of their homes, with entire communities and huge areas of forest ravaged by flames. Record-breaking heat and unprecedented dryness combined with very strong...

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Summer 2019 sets new benchmarks for Australian temperatures

Summer 2019 sets new benchmarks for Australian temperatures

Australian summers are well known for bringing heatwaves, bushfires, tropical cyclones and floods. Against this backdrop of severe weather, it can be hard to recognise patterns which are unusual, sitting outside of the range of normal climate conditions. While summer still has a month to run, climate data already...

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AskBOM: what is the monsoon?

AskBOM: what is the monsoon?

Hot, sticky and uncomfortable: the lead-up to Australia's monsoon season is usually the time northerners tend to go a bit 'troppo'! So, what is the monsoon, how does it bring relief to those in the north, and how does it affect the rest of Australia? The word 'monsoon' comes from an Arabic word meaning 'season'....

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How to take great weather photos

How to take great weather photos

Have you ever dreamed of having a photo of yours in the Australian Weather Calendar? We've picked the brains of past winners and weather experts, to bring you these top tips for taking phenomenal photos of weather. The Australian Weather Calendar photo competition Every year people send us hundreds of photos of...

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Australia’s 2018 in weather: drought, heat and fire

Australia’s 2018 in weather: drought, heat and fire

Last year was a time of exceptional weather and record-breaking heat according to our annual climate statement, which was released last night. During 2018 we issued four Special Climate Statements relating to 'extreme' and 'abnormal' heat, and reported a number of broken climate records. One of the headline...

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