A taste of things to come? Storm damage on Sydney’s northern beaches in 2016.
The ocean warming that might increase the threat of a catastrophic storm could also create the conditions for a natural defensive barrier.
All schools were closed throughout south-east Queensland due to severe rain.
Bad weather conditions often force schools to make unplanned closures.
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We're more likely to remember a storm with a human face – and will prepare for it.
Surf’s up: September storms brought waves, wind and flooding to South Australia.
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2016 was Australia's fourth warmest year on record, capping off the hottest decade.
A large thunderstorm rolls over Sydney in 2015.
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Severe storms bring a complex mixture of weather conditions, often in a very localised area. This unpredictability can make them very damaging, and very hard to study too.
Bushfires were the most common disaster in New South Wales over the past decade.
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Researchers have found a disaster "hotspot" in northern New South Wales, where nearly half of the state's most disadvantaged communities are found.
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The Mekong Delta is gradually being washed away, as less sediment is delivered downstream.
Scientists in Japan have discovered a way to 'hear' storms on the other side of the planet and use them to study the Earth's crust.
The Pasha Bulker ran aground amid the full force of an East Coast Low back in 2007.
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Most people in Australia's southeast are familiar with the stormy weather known as East Coast Lows. But they might not realise how much scientific progress has been made in understanding them.
Was the prime minister right about storms and global warming?
Was Malcolm Turnbull right to say that larger and more frequent storms are one of the predicted consequences of climate change – but that you can't attribute any particular storm to global warming?
Most people die in floods when they choose to go into the water.
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A total of 1,859 people have died in floods in Australia in the past 115 years.
Coastal erosion caused by massive waves during the weekend’s East Coast Low.
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Eastern Australia's massive storms will likely become rarer in a warmer world, but probably more intense.
Climate change isn't the only thing making sea levels higher and cyclones more intense.
Instead of trying to maintain our usual routines in the face of huge disruptions, we should use them as a welcome opportunity to mix things up.
While firefighters battled widespread fires in New South Wales in October 2013, hundreds of thousands of people turned to social media and smartphone apps for vital updates.
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When disaster strikes, more people than ever are turning to social media to find out if they're in danger. But Australian emergency services need to work together more to learn what works to save lives.
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The dust storm that turned Sydney red in 2009 triggered plankton blooms in the Tasman Sea, demonstrating how we might fertilise the ocean to take up more carbon dioxide.
Hurricane Arthur photographed by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst.
Astronauts living on the ISS get to experience the wonders of the universe's natural phenomena like no one else.
Katrina shortly after landfall.
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The latest science on hurricanes and climate change explained – vital information for coastal regions to prepare for the effects of more intense storms.
Flooding during Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City’s transportation and power infrastructure.
Study finds higher risk of flooding from a combination of storm surge and heavy precipitation, particularly along the East Coast of the US.
Increasingly erratic rainfall patterns could worsen flood risk.
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Climate warming is predicted to intensify rainfall patterns. But new research suggests this could even happen within individual storms, as warmer weather makes them more likely to contain short intense bursts.