Meteorologists use their own experience, which helps them to decide whether the computer’s prediction is likely to be right.
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Twice every day the Bureau of Meteorology sends out the official weather forecasts for towns and cities across Australia. Here's how we work out what to say in them.
Satellite image from Himawari-8. The bright pink spot indicates the dust storm location.
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Dust storms look spectacular but are a serious health hazard. As climate change dries up many areas of the world, what can we expect from these storms in future?
Clouds roll across Samosir in northern Sumatra.
Despite its global importance, the rainy 'Maritime Continent' around Indonesia is hard to capture using global climate models. But fear not - new research shows how to improve our forecasts.
Climate change could affect South Africa’s tourism.
Research says South Africa's picture perfect weather conditions are a tourist's dream.
Rising tides move closer to the dunes in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Sept. 13, 2018, as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast.
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Don't believe the skeptics or the conspiracy theorists: Weather forecasters can't slant hurricane warnings to make political points.
Hurricane Florence, as seen over the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 9.
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How do experts know when and where the next big hurricane is going to hit? A look at the complicated science of forecasting.
Technology can only go so far in making sense of our vast and intricate atmosphere.
If you live in a place where the weather moves west to east, then an old proverb could help you predict the weather.
The "red sky" proverb has endured across cultures for centuries, and modern science can explain why this is so.
Brrr! It’s cold in here!
Winter is here, and many farmers are still waiting on their 'autumn break' of heavy rain. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be a dry, warm winter – although the snow season will likely be good.
Snow on the ground after a winter storm.
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Why can't meteorologists call the weather correctly every time? Blame the battle of the weather models.
Images created by NASA with satellite data helped the U.S. Department of Agriculture analyze outbreak patterns for southern pine beetles in Alabama, in spring 2016.
Big data open-access publishing and other advances offer ecologists the ability to forecast events like pest outbreaks over days and seasons rather than decades. But scholars need to seize this opportunity.
Knowing about hailstones in advance would be preferable.
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New "dual-pol" weather radars promise to spot large hailstones forming inside thunderstorms, giving people a heads-up when it's about to hail.
Cape Town’s drought and associated water shortage has escalated disaster level.
Cape Town promised alternative water sources with the ongoing drought being declared a disaster. Its main strategy is water rationing but climate models are also being used.
The rainfall from Harvey has now exceeded the amount from the previous record-bearer, Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978.
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An expert in extreme weather events explains why the rain – and thus flooding – associated with Hurricane Harvey has been 'unprecedented.'
The stereotype of the conventionally attractive female weather reporter is alive and well on Australian television.
The weather segment at the end of news bulletins has stuck to a familiar format for more than 50 years. But the question of who should actually present the weather has been in a constant state of flux.
Farmers don’t get efficient information on weather changes, improving data can change this.
Information to weather changes is often unavailable to Africa's farmers and even if it does exist, the quality is poor or inaccessible to those who need it most.
Hurricane Matthew approaching the east coast of Florida on Oct. 6, 2016.
Two atmospheric scientists explain how they weigh evidence such as ocean temperatures, wind speeds and other climate patterns to predict how many Atlantic hurricanes are likely to form this year.
All tropical cyclones in the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, with their locations shown at six-hour intervals and color representing maximum wind speed.
Major hurricanes threaten millions of people and billions of dollars in property along the Atlantic coast. Here experts advise on preparing, understanding forecasts and recovering after a storm.
Tornado seven miles south of Anadarko, Oklahoma, May 3, 1999.
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As deadly tornadoes rip through southern and central states, two meteorology professors explain what causes these dangerous storms.
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Weather forecasting stopped looking for patterns in the past, and started using numbers to look solidly at the future.