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Curious Kids: is sea water blue or is it just reflecting off the sky?

Curious Kids: is sea water blue or is it just reflecting off the sky?

Is sea water blue or is it just reflecting off the sky?—The students of Ms Brown’s class, Neerim South Public School, Victoria. This is a wonderful question as it involves many of the puzzles that motivated research into the physics of light in the early 20th century. The short answer is that the sea is...

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Explainer: computer weather models

Explainer: computer weather models

It’s no exaggeration to say computer weather models have revolutionised weather forecasting in the modern era—and they’re getting smarter all the time! So, what are they, how do they work and what can they tell us about our dynamic weather and climate? What is a computer weather model? Computer...

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Record-breaking winds: remembering cyclone Vance

Record-breaking winds: remembering cyclone Vance

It's 20 years ago today that severe tropical cyclone Vance tore across Western Australia's Pilbara coast near Exmouth. Vance still holds the record for the highest wind gust ever recorded on the Australian mainland. So how did this storm evolve from humble beginnings in the Timor Sea near Darwin to become one of...

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Queensland floods: the water journey to Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre

Queensland floods: the water journey to Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre

Updated 16 April 2019 In late January and early February, an intense and slow-moving monsoonal low over northern Queensland caused record-breaking rainfall and disastrous flooding. Areas affected included the Townsville region and westwards, across large areas of the upper Flinders, Gulf Country and north Channel...

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Know your weather: bushwalking and camping

Know your weather: bushwalking and camping

Our Australian landscape provides a beautiful backdrop for bushwalking, camping, and other outdoor adventures. But when you're close to nature, you're exposed to the elements—and the weather in Australia can be extreme. So how can you know your weather better and make the most of your bushwalking or camping...

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