This autumn, embrace puddles. Even tiny pools of water can be essential for birds, trees and pets — from washing away chemicals on leaves to forcing worms to emerge.
The NSW floods are a textbook example of the theoretical impacts we can expect on Australian rainfall as climate change continues.
Given long-term forecasts for growing urban populations and an increasingly variable climate, local authorities will have to think about how best to encourage people to conserve water.
La Niña means we are forecast a wet winter – and people are struggling and ill-prepared.
Mosquitoes love the wetter weather La Niña brings to some parts of Australia. But will we see more mosquito-borne disease?
A new statistical model predicts the number of tropical cyclones up to four months before the start of the season from November to April.
It’s only happened twice since naming started in 1950, and there’s an unusual twist to where many of the storms formed this year.
The absence of climate drivers – specifically, the Indian Ocean Dipole and La Niña – explains why Australia has gone so long without heavy rains.
Southern and eastern Australia need to prepare for heatwaves and increased fire risk this summer, as forecasts predict hot, dry weather.
Record-breaking April heat is likely to continue for at least another month.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s climate outlook for April to June is ‘neutral’, but that doesn’t mean we’re flying blind, weather-wise.
2017 brought wild, wacky and even deadly weather. Australia was hit by heatwaves and torrential rains, plus some surprisingly cool spells. Hurricanes hit America, and a killer monsoon lashed Asia.
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 dolphin population in parts of Western Australia more than halved one year, just as an El Niño event hit over in the Pacific. So what’s the connection?
It’s very easy to assume climate change causes droughts, but they are complex extreme events that result from a combination of drivers.
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.
The record floods of 1954 and 1974 still stand as Lismore’s high-water marks. But Tropical Cyclone Debbie delivered her deluge far more abruptly than the rains that triggered those historic floods.
New research shows that global warming has already begun to exacerbate extremes of rainfall in the Pacific region – with more to come.
We’re due to cop a hiding from the Pacific Ocean, but we don’t know when.
Researchers ran computer simulations that take into account environmental variability and geographical setting to investigate how early explorers made it to these tiny, remote islands in the Pacific.