Cyclone Ilsa has intensified off the Western Australian coast and is now classed as a category-five system. How did this happen?
A reconstructed record of cyclone activity going as far back as 1850 has revealed interesting trends, both around Australia and globally.
Southern Africa’s summer rainfall regions currently experiencing the wet-season will likely continue having wetter than normal conditions.
Southern Africa’s current above-average rainfall is a climate variability signal - a short-term fluctuation in average wet-season conditions.
Floods across the world this year cost hundreds of lives and millions of pounds in damages.
Global floods in 2021 showed the danger of poor emergency preparedness - and the importance of planning ahead.
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Climate change is likely to mean disasters such as Cyclone Seroja will become more intense, and be seen further south in Australia more often.
Damage from category five Tropical Cyclone Yasi, 2011.
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A new statistical model predicts the number of tropical cyclones up to four months before the start of the season from November to April.
The aftermath of tropical cyclone Idai, which made landfall near Beira, Mozambique earlier this year.
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As storm directions change, countries that are outside the usual tropical storm zones need to ready themselves.
Many houses were flattened after Tropical Cyclone Evan, leading to the partial relocation of the Fijian viillage Denimanu.
Relocating communities to safer, less exposed areas can help people manage climate hazards, but it’s not a viable solution for everyone.
People leaving their homes in the flooded section of Praia Nova, Beira, Mozambique in the wake of tropical cyclone Idai.
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The recent storms provide a grim reminder of the prospect of future tropical cyclones in a region under continued threat from climate change.
Heavy snow in Washington, DC, is an example of “weather” - not “climate”.
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At a very simple level, “weather” refers to day-to-day conditions. “Climate” describes the average over many years.
Some of the destruction in Inhambane, Mozambique after tropical storm Dineo made landfall.
In southern Africa there’s been a southward shift in the occurrence of tropical cyclones in the region. This is due to sea temperatures increasing as a result of global warming.
Researchers compared the shipwreck history to tree ring data from slash pines to piece together the hurricane history over past centuries.
In an attempt to better understand hurricanes, researchers recreate hundreds of years of hurricane records with Spanish shipwreck logs and tree ring data.
Surging tides from Cyclone Marcia hit Main Beach in Yeppoon, Queensland, with the storm packing wind gusts close to 300 kilometres an hour.
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Emergency services are using social media to help spread warnings as two tropical cyclones batter Australia. It can also help them with relief efforts once the worst of the severe weather has passed.
A Cooktown home which lost its roof to Cyclone Ita, although damage was less widespread than feared.
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During Queensland’s preparations for Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman advised residents who lived in older houses (those built before 1985) to evacuate their homes as they…
Damaged boats smashed together at Port Hinchinbrook harbour, the day after category 5 tropical cyclone Yasi hit north Queensland.
The number of tropical cyclones hitting Queensland and Western Australia has fallen to low levels not seen for more than 500 years, new research published in Nature shows. But while that’s seemingly great…
Monday’s heatwave forecast - with even worse heat predicted for the south-east this week.
Across south-eastern Australia this morning, people are waking up to forecasts of scorching heat for the week ahead. Players and spectators heading to the Australian Open should prepare for some baking…
Typhoon Haiyan as seen from space on November 9 by NASA astronaut Karen L. Nyberg.
Even before Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines with such devastating force, weather watchers around the world had been tracking this year’s typhoon season with intense interest. Typhoon Haiyan has been…