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Ocean modelling combats deadly oyster virus

Ocean modelling combats deadly oyster virus

Few people outside the oyster industry have heard of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS). Unfortunately, for Australian oyster farmers, the virus is a serious challenge. Outbreaks can cause millions of dollars of damage to oyster stocks. So, what is the virus and how does ocean modelling help protect the...

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So you want to be a meteorologist

So you want to be a meteorologist

Thinking about your first career, or a career change? Grace Legge, one of our National Production Operations Leaders, shares the inside story on a career in weather forecasting. What does a meteorologist do? We combine a lot of different sources of information to deliver forecast services for our customers. We...

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Northern Australia wet season lives up to its name

Northern Australia wet season lives up to its name

After several dry years across northern Australia, wet season 2020–21 saw a welcome return to above-average rainfall. Overall it was northern Australia's wettest and coolest October to April wet season since 2016–17. La Niña brought rain The wet season got off to a flying start, with a wet...

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On the frontline: how weather forecasting plays a critical role in emergency services response

On the frontline: how weather forecasting plays a critical role in emergency services response

Around Australia our meteorologists work alongside State Emergency Services (SES). They provide weather information to inform planning and decision-making at times of emergency. Meet Chris Nelson – one of the thousands of SES volunteers who give their time to look after the rest of us during natural...

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What are waterspouts, and how do they form?

What are waterspouts, and how do they form?

Waterspouts are extraordinary, impressive weather events. Observers describe them as looking like 'the start of an alien invasion' and post their snaps across social media. But what are these enigmatic offshore twisters, and what causes them to form? What is a waterspout? A waterspout is a spinning column of air...

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