Rural southern Australia has been drying out over the past several decades. Pictured here, Burra in South Australia.
Australia is the land of drought of flooding rains, driven by events such as El Nino. But despite this variability, some parts of Australia are clearly drying out.
A hot end of the year contributed to Christmas Day fires in Victoria.
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El Niño dominated global climate in 2015, but in Australia the story was more complicated. 2015 was Australia's fifth warmest year on record, and saw the return of very dry conditions to parts of Australia.
Despite a decade of drought and declining rainfall in parts of Australia, there’s still plenty of water to go around.
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The Millennium Drought ended more than five years ago, but several years of below-average rainfall and El Niño have brought drought back to many parts of Australia. Our latest report on water in Australia shows rainfall is continuing to decline in eastern Australia and increase in the north.
Cumbria 2015 shows how we have failed to learn from two other 'one in 100-year events' in the past 15 years.
2015 looks set to be the hottest year on record.
2015 will likely be the hottest year on record, according to a preliminary analysis released by the World Meteorological Organization.
Time to get inside? A dust storm approaches.
Batten down the hatches. These are nature's nuclear weapons.
Tennis fans at the 2014 Australian Open were treated to days of temperatures above 40C.
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2014 saw heatwaves of all kinds and other wild weather. Research can now explain that climate change made these events much more likely.
From hot to cold and cold to hot, the weather can make a difference to our health.
Changes in temperature and season do affect our health – and not just when the weather turns cold.
A new real-time measuring buoy can change the way the maritime industry operates.
Enhanced data collection capabilities will ensure that information collected from the coastline will be seamless.
Drought is a quintessentially Australian experience, yet many of us don’t properly know how they form.
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High temperatures make droughts worse, right? Wrong: it's the other way around. Ahead of an El Niño summer that looks set to bring drought to much of Australia, here's a quick primer on how they form.
Storm clouds for California?
El Niño explained: how it works, what a mega El Niño this year could bring and how global warming might affect future El Niño-driven weather patterns.
Storms coming? El Niño is projected to lead to much-needed rain in California next year.
El Niño is expected to bring heavy rains to drought-stricken California, but more rain alone won't solve the West's water crisis.
Really dry: a Colorado River aqueduct in southern California.
Historical analysis shows that natural forces are behind California’s drought, but global warming has contributed 8%-27% to the drought’s severity.
The large 1982 El Niño contributed to the Ash Wednesday bushfires that killed 75 people in south east Australia.
El Niño has arrived, it's getting stronger, and it's not about to go away soon. And already there are rumblings that this could be a big one.
Gathering data at the calving front of the Ilulissat Glacier, Greenland.
To create accurate models that predict how ice sheets and oceans will react to changing climate, modelers need precise current data. One researcher heads to the ends of the earth to collect just that.
Even another 85 years of global warming won’t stop the odd cold, snowy winter.
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While global warming will continue, it's important to assess variability as well as long-term average climates.
Keeping cool as Paris sees its hottest temperatures in six decades.
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Shifting air currents high up in the skies can have a big impact down on the ground.
It’s hot – but some people aren’t too bothered.
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Parts of the UK are sizzling thanks to Iberian air.
Hurricane path forecasts are good, but even the ‘cone of uncertainty’ doesn’t fully describe where the hazards could be.
National Hurricane Center
Forecasting successes can breed complacency in the general public. But all hurricane damage isn't necessarily contained within the "cone of uncertainty."
A broken paddle on parched earth, one result of four years of drought in California.
What explains the unusually dry and warm weather that's behind California's prolonged drought? And how is climate change contributing?