Folklore says we might be able to predict the coming of rain by observing the behaviour of ants.
Ants have many tricks to deal with rain – like holding their breath, blocking nest entrances or drinking excess water and releasing it elsewhere by 'communal peeing.' But can they see rain coming?
Your nose knows what’s on the way.
A weather expert explains where petrichor – that pleasant, earthy scent that accompanies a storm's first raindrops – comes from.
Technology can only go so far in making sense of our vast and intricate atmosphere.
About 40% of Nairobi’s water supply gets lost on the way to consumers.
The beauty of rainwater harvesting is that anybody can do it.
The complex low weather system currently swirling over south-eastern Australia.
Bureau of Meteorology
Rapidly dropping temperatures, rain and wind are hitting south-eastern Australia, due to a perfect combination of warm seas and low-pressure systems.
Rising waters: Paris, January 29, 2018.
It was the Seine’s rise and fall, in response to heavy rain, that inspired our current understanding of river systems.
Only clouds that are tall with big water drops can make rain, but they also stop most of the light, which makes them look grey.
Marcella Cheng/The Conversation
To answer this question from Fiona, age 6, we need to know some things about clouds and light.
Australia veered from very wet to very dry in a year of wide-ranging weather extremes.
AAP Image/Mal Fairclough
Last year saw plenty of warm weather around the country, but other notable events included dry months in the southeast, some very cold winter nights, and record-warm dry season days in the north.
Thunderstorm in New Mexico.
Climate change can not be managed from a global perspective alone.
Barren-ground caribou in autumn near Kugluktuk, Nuanvut.
(Mathieu Dumond/Umingmak Productions)
The effects of climate change are being strongly felt in the North, but how caribou respond depends on what changes occur.
Rainbows get their round shape from a process called reflection.
Georgina, age 5, wants to know why rainbows are round.
The Acros Fukuoka eco-building in Fukuoka, Japan boasts one of the world’s most famous green roofs. The GRIT Lab at the University of Toronto is working to bring green roofs to the city and beyond in order to combat climate change.
Green roofs could play a critical role in helping cities cope with extreme rainfall events in the age of climate change. The roofs essentially suck up stormwater like sponges if designed properly.
New research shows Australian farmers are adapting to climate change, offsetting at least part of a climate change-induced decline.
Lismore received a drenching from the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
AAP Image/Dave Hunt
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.
The Pasha Bulker ran aground amid the full force of an East Coast Low back in 2007.
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Most people in Australia's southeast are familiar with the stormy weather known as East Coast Lows. But they might not realise how much scientific progress has been made in understanding them.
People in the Philippines have been warned to brace for wet and wild weather, as this year’s El Nino shapes up to be the strongest since 1998.
EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO/AAP
The seesaw between El Niño and La Niña is set to get stronger with global warming. Signs are that this year and next will deliver a big swing from one to the other, prompting fires and floods across the world.
Rain: you can tell when rain is coming just by the smell.
Are you one of those people who can smell when the rain is coming? Ever wondered then what you're actually smelling?
Tree growth rings in America have given an insight into the effects of long-term droughts due to monsoon failure. Common…
Another summer, not quite like the other summers.
We all know what to expect from summer in Australia. From December through March it will be hot, there will be storms and floods, and there will be bush fires. It’s been like that for as long as history…
Australia’s latest summer has been significant for weather and for climate.
This summer hasn’t just felt hot. It’s been hot. In fact, the summer of 2012-13 is now the hottest on record. Average temperatures beat the record set in the summer of 1997-98, and daytime maximum temperatures…