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Scotty James became the second Australian in Winter Olympic history to win a medal in the snowboard halfpipe event. EPA/Fazry Ismail

What makes a winning halfpipe snowboarder like Scotty James?

Halfpipe snowboarders like Scotty James may seem laid-back and relaxed, but they are subjected to high physical load and fatigue induced by training and competition.
The storm intensified rapidly off the US east coast. NOAA/EPA

Explainer: ‘bomb cyclones’ – the intense winter storms that hit the US (and Australia too)

The US was hit by a 'bomb cyclone' last week, bringing icy cold and driving snow. These storms develop very rapidly, forming outside the tropics, typically on continental east coasts in winter.
A degraded wetland in the Pilot Wilderness area, Kosciuszko National Park, is subject to increasing numbers of feral horses. Graeme Worboys collection

Snowy hydro scheme will be left high and dry unless we look after the mountains

A reliable water supply from Australia's mountain catchments depends on intact and functioning ecosystems.
Australia’s mountains may be small but each year they deliver enough snow for winter sports. Andrew Watkins

When is it going to snow? Getting a fix on what can make a good season

Australia's snow season is notoriously fickle - so what determines whether we'll get a good fall?
This doesn’t happen very often. But the Bureau of Meteorology is getting much better at predicting when it will. AAP Image/NEWZULU/BILL SHRAPNEL

Weather forecasting is about to get even better

Moaning about weather forecasts is almost an Australian national pastime. But weather predictions have improved a lot, and with a new satellite and supercomputer, they are about to get even more reliable.
Future snows will mostly happen in big falls. Alan Lam/Flickr

Winter is coming, but don’t hold out for future snows

This weekend is predicted to be the coldest of the year in Australia. But it has otherwise been a slow start to the snow season, and my research shows that this is a sign of things to come.
Sometimes you don’t need a measuring stick to come up with an assessment: really, really deep. katorisi

Where do those snowfall totals on the news come from?

It's really hard to measure snowfall accurately. The National Weather Service relies on more than 8,000 volunteers with rulers.
The Boston-area transit authority has had major disruptions and shut-downs this winter. MaxVT/Flickr

Extreme weather exposes the vulnerability of our cities to climate change

Despite the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, January and February were not kind months for the people of Boston and New England. By February 10th, more than 60 inches of snow in 30 days fell on the city…
With snow comes shoveling, and with shoveling can come heart attacks. Trudy Wilkerson/Shutterstock

Why does shoveling snow increase risk of heart attack?

Snow shoveling during or after a blizzard may be the "perfect storm" for a cardiac event. Doing warm-up exercises beforehand can make it safer.
Welcome to Boston - and two feet of snow from one storm. Peter Eimon/Flickr

Does global warming mean more or less snow?

As first glance, asking whether global warming results in more snow may seem like a silly question because obviously, if it gets warm enough, there is no snow. Consequently, deniers of climate change have…

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