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Summer weather: how to stay safe

Summer weather: how to stay safe

Australia comes alive in the summer! With longer daylight hours, there's an abundance of outdoor events and adventures on land and water. But it's also a time when the weather can put you at risk. Here's what to look out for this summer—and how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Ultraviolet (UV)...

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Frozen forecasts: meteorology in Antarctica

Frozen forecasts: meteorology in Antarctica

You probably know the Bureau's weather services cover Australia, but did you know our reach stretches further south—nearly as far south as you can go—to Antarctica? So what is the weather really like down there, why does it matter and just what are we doing there? From the days when Griffith Taylor (an...

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La Niña—but not as we know it

La Niña—but not as we know it

The likelihood of a La Niña later this year is increasing. So what’s been going on in the tropical Pacific Ocean and what does it mean for Australia’s weather this summer? It might not be what you think, as a weak late-season La Niña can be quite different from those we’ve seen in...

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What is an aurora?

What is an aurora?

An aurora is one of nature’s most spectacular visual phenomena—mysterious bright lights dancing across the night sky. So what causes auroras, why are they only visible at certain places and what gives them their beautiful colours? Video: Watch this short video to understand more about auroras. The...

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Weather data from the seas: the Australian Voluntary Observing Fleet

Weather data from the seas: the Australian Voluntary Observing Fleet

A worldwide network of 4000 ships supplies ocean weather data to international weather agencies. The data are transmitted around the globe for the purposes of forecasting, which in return benefits the safety of life at sea and ocean navigation. The observations are also archived as a long-term record of the world's...

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