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The science behind Australia's best weather photos

The science behind Australia's best weather photos

Whether you're fumbling to get your phone out of your pocket in time, or poised with professional photographic gear at the ready, the weather is a huge source of inspiration for Australia's photographers. Chosen from hundreds of entries and appearing in our 2019 calendar, here are the winners of the Australian...

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Summer forecast: scorching heat and heightened bushfire risk

Summer forecast: scorching heat and heightened bushfire risk

Large parts of Australia are facing a hotter and drier summer than average, according to our summer outlook. Drier-than-average conditions are likely for much of northern Australia. Most of the country has at least an 80 per cent chance of experiencing warmer-than-average day and night-time temperatures. The threat...

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Sydney storms could be making the Queensland fires worse

Sydney storms could be making the Queensland fires worse

A strong low pressure system saw severe thunderstorm and hail warnings in effect for much of the New South Wales South Coast on Wednesday. At the same time, very dry conditions, strong winds and high temperatures fuelled dozens of bushfires across Queensland. The two events actually influenced each other. As the...

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Explainer: what are halos?

Explainer: what are halos?

Have you ever seen a ghostly ring around the moon? Dazzling bright spots or luminous pillars alongside the sun? Seen only when conditions are just right, halos inspire wonder and curiosity. So what causes this heavenly spectacle and what are the different kinds of halos and related phenomena you might spot? Halos...

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Watching the Antarctic to improve weather forecasting

Watching the Antarctic to improve weather forecasting

In ongoing improvements to weather and climate services, the Bureau has joined organisations from around the world to take part in the Year of Polar Prediction. International scientists and weather forecasters are contributing to a global database aimed at significantly improving our forecasting capabilities for...

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