It’s the first time since overlapping records began that Australia experienced both its lowest rainfall and highest temperatures in the same year.
The Bureau of Meterology says persistent drought and record temperatures were a major driver of Australia's fire activity, and the context for 2019 lies in the past three years of drought.
A hot and dry spring is leading into a hot and dry summer.
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Australia is heading into a scorching summer, but the factors causing the hot and dry weather are expected to ease later in the season.
Last year fire storms raged across California. Similar conditions could become more likely for Australia.
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Extreme fire risk will overlap with weather patterns to create fire tornadoes more often under climate change.
Australia will probably see fewer tropical cyclones reaching land this season.
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Southern and eastern Australia need to prepare for heatwaves and increased fire risk this summer, as forecasts predict hot, dry weather.
Firefighters battle bushfires in Angourie, northern New South Wales, on September 10 this year, marking another early start to the season.
Bureau of Meteorology researchers painstakingly analysed more than 40 years of data to work out exactly what is causing Australia's spring bushfire phenomenon.
Antarctic winds have a huge effect on weather in other places.
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Each spring, winds circling the South Pole weaken. If they weaken enough, they can actually reverse – causing rapid warming.
Sydney’s water levels have fallen below 50%, triggering Stage 1 water restrictions.
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Dry and warm conditions in winter are set to continue into spring, and the likely culprit is the positive Indian Ocean Dipole
Snow fell during the AFL match between the GWS Giants and the Hawthorn Hawks at the UNSW Canberra Oval.
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Cold fronts swept south-eastern Australia, bringing snow and freezing temperatures. While snow is expected to decrease with climate change, cold snaps are likely to keep coming.
Cyclones Trevor and Veronica hit north Australia in 2019.
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In 1887 Queensland’s chief weatherman Clement Wragge began naming tropical cyclones, using names from the Greek alphabet, fabulous beasts and politicians who annoyed him.
The Cape Grim observatory, home of the ‘world’s cleanest air’… and rising greenhouse gases.
Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are at 414 parts per million. But thanks to a recalculation of methane's warming power, the total amount of greenhouse gases is now equivalent to more than 500.
The sea is blue because of the way water absorbs light, the way particles in the water scatter light, and also because some of the blue light from the sky is reflected.
Photons stream from the sun and interact with all matter on Earth. Depending on what the light touches, some of the photons will get absorbed or soaked up. And some will bounce back.
Dirty water from Queensland’s historic flooding, triggered by weeks of exceptional monsoon rains earlier in the year.
The hottest Australian summer on record is ending, and it's likely we've got a warm, dry autumn to come.
Tree trunks, which were submersed when the dam was full, stand a the critically low dam in South Africa in 2018.
Australia's subtropical regions are drying, but if we can slow the global temperature rise then rainfall should increase again.
Sea ice responds to changes in winds and ocean currents, sometimes with origins thousands of kilometres away.
Antarctic sea ice cover fell to an all-time low recently and hasn't yet recovered. Why? The initial answers could lie in an unlikely place – the tropics.
Queensland’s ‘unprecedented’ bushfires were part of a year of extremes.
2018 was Australia’s third warmest year on record, as the NSW drought dragged into another year.
Salida de la Tierra: los astronautas del Apolo 8 capturaron esta espectacular foto de la Tierra elevándose por encima del horizonte lunar mientras emergían desde detrás del lado oscuro de la Luna.
Hace cincuenta años la gente vio nuestro planeta desde el exterior por primera vez.
Earthrise: astronauts aboard Apollo 8 captured this spectacular photo of Earth rising above the lunar horizon as they emerged from behind the dark side of the Moon.
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Fifty years ago people saw our planet from the outside for the first time.
Fire danger conditions are worsening in many areas of Australia.
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Australia is facing an increase in extreme heat, fire danger weather, floods and marine heatwaves, according to the latest biennial snapshot from the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO.
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.
Queenslanders have taken to the water in the face of record-breaking heat.
The summer forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology predicts a hot, dry summer.