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Sunday July 14, 2024

Double or nothing

14:25 AEST Two low pressure systems spinning in the Tasman Sea have their arm-like fronts stretching across the Tasman, making it appear like they're giving one another a high-five.
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Saturday July 13, 2024

Victorian kids face bitter return to school

12:44 AEST While NSW kids laugh their way down the ski slopes in a bumper week of the winter break, Victorian school kids head back to the classrooms on Monday.
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Friday July 12, 2024

Sudden stratospheric warming event underway ? here's what it means for Australian weather

12:41 AEST A rare sudden stratospheric warming event is beginning to occur above Antarctica, and it may influence Australia’s weather in the coming weeks.
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Thursday July 11, 2024

Ferocious Tasman Low to hit southeast Australia next week

11:56 AEST A major polar outbreak in southeastern Australia next week will produce a powerful low pressure system that is likely to bring severe weather to several states.
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Wednesday July 10, 2024

Thick fog shrouds Brisbane and southeast Queensland

10:27 AEST A thick fog developed over southeast Queensland last night, with visibility reduced to less than 200 m at Brisbane Airport early this morning.
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Tuesday July 9, 2024

Wettest July day in a decade cuts off roads in NSW, Vic and Qld

13:01 AEST Monday was another wet day for inland parts of eastern Australia, with several towns recording their largest rain totals in 14 years.
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Monday July 8, 2024

Major Antarctic outbreak from this weekend

15:53 AEST There are increasing signs that a prolonged cold snap is on its way to southeastern Australia from Antarctica later this week into next.  The frigid air will be dragged from Antarctica by a cold front sweeping across the continent this weekend.
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Sunday July 7, 2024

Trough and cold front cross western WA

12:13 AEST A trough and cold front containing gusty winds and heavy showers is making its way through the west of the country this Sunday morning, with gale force winds affecting the southwestern WA coast and showers stretching right up to the Pilbara.
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Saturday July 6, 2024

While Australia shivers, Japan swelters

12:21 AEST As temperatures plummet across southern Australia in the annual phenomenon known as ‘winter’, temperatures have soared across the Japanese archipelago with the start of summer.  The rainy season (or tsuyu) is coming to an end and on sunnier days like today, temperatures are reaching the high 30s.
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Friday July 5, 2024

Unusual wind direction to elevate wind power

12:14 AEST After a lull in the winds this week, wind power is set to pick up from rock bottom as a rare easterly wind surge impacts Qld, NSW and SA.  Wind power has been slack this week across the National Electricity Market (NEM) in response to a stubborn high-pressure system which has parked itself over the Bight.  Image: Mean Sea Level Pressure (MSLP) at 10am on Friday, July 5  This high will continue to sit over the Bight and Tas, until it finally moves east into the Tasman Sea on Monday, July 8.  The image below shows that we saw low wind power in the order of 30 to 60 GWh/day in response to this high earlier this week, but wind has picked up slightly to 100 GWh/day on Thursday, July 4.  Image: Wind contribution to generation (GW) during the last 30 days leading up to Thursday, July 4.
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Thursday July 4, 2024

Heavy outback rain about to soak Australia

15:52 AEST An entire season’s worth of rain could soak parts of the Australian outback during the next few days as a cut-off low causes heavy rain over several states and territories.
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Wednesday July 3, 2024

Tasmania's lowest July temperature on record

12:39 AEST A weather station at Liawenee just registered the lowest July temperature ever reliably recorded in Tasmania as high pressure continues to build over the state.
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Coldest morning on record for SA town

12:11 AEST SA has woken up to one of the coldest mornings in years, as temperatures plunged below freezing in some areas.  The freezing cold morning was caused by a stubborn high pressure system sitting over SA and promoting clear skies over the state.  The image below shows the cloud-free skies across SA earlier Wednesday morning, which allowed temperatures to plummet across the state.   Image: Himawari-9 satellite image at 4am ACST on Wednesday, July 3  Nullarbor in the state’s southwest corner, recorded its lowest temperature since temperature records began in 1987, recording a minimum of –3.2°C.  Meanwhile other locations in SA recorded the coldest temperature the site had seen in any month for years:  Adelaide saw its coldest morning in 18 years, with a minimum of 0.6°C  Edinburgh recorded its coldest morning in 13 years with the temperature dropping to –0.9°C  Whyalla saw its coldest morning in nine years, with a minimum of –1.8°C  Noarlunga and Parafield Airport saw their coldest mornings since 2020, with an overnight temperature of 2.2°C and –1.1°C respectively.   Some notable July statistics from Wednesday morning were:  Coonawarra saw its coldest July morning since 1982, observing a minimum of –3.2°C  Noarlunga in Adelaide’s south recorded its coldest July morning since the station opened 24 years ago, with the temperature dropping to –0.2°C  Adelaide and Robe saw their coldest July mornings in over 42 years, with an overnight temperature of 0.2°C and –1.4°C respectively.  Naracoorte’s temperature dropped to –2.7°C, the coldest July morning since 2008.  The images below show parts of western SA are forecast to see temperatures below 0°C again on Thursday morning, before contracting to the northwest on Friday.   Images: Minimum temperature forecasts for Thursday (top) and Friday (bottom), according to ECMWF   Meanwhile, morning temperatures in the east of the state on Thursday and Friday should be slightly warmer than those seen early on Wednesday morning.
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Tuesday July 2, 2024

June cold in some spots, warmer than usual overall

12:28 AEST Australia was 0.71°C above the long-term average nationwide in June 2024.
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Monday July 1, 2024

Rare 'northeast cloudband' to soak Australia this week

15:56 AEST Rain will drench a large area of central, southern and eastern Australia this week as an unusual weather pattern causes Coral Sea moisture to clash with a cut-off low directly above Australia.
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Bitterly cold across the southeast

11:38 AEST Australia just shivered through its coldest night of the year to date with a low of –9.6°C at Thredbo Top Station, but it wasn't just the mountains feeling the chill.
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Sunday June 30, 2024

Hurricane Beryl the first of the 2024 North Atlantic season

13:12 AEST Hurricane Beryl has become the first hurricane of the 2024 North Atlantic season and is tracking towards the Lesser Antilles – a group of island nations in the eastern Caribbean.    Image: Hurricane Beryl forecast cone with current warnings as of Sat 8pm Atlantic Standard Time (AST).
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Saturday June 29, 2024

Rain gods sprinkle some love on South Australia

13:52 AEST Australia's driest capital and surrounds has heard us talk, and has since received rainfall totals not seen in months, or even years, as a low pressure system and cold front crossed the Bight towards Adelaide from Friday and deepened throughout Saturday morning.
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Friday June 28, 2024

Melbourne to shiver through coldest weekend in 4 years

14:40 AEST Melbourne is forecast to have its coldest weekend in four years as a polar air mass spreads over southeastern Australia during the next few days.
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Thursday June 27, 2024

Tassie to get wet and white

16:56 AEST Rain and highland snow are heading the way of Tasmania as we move towards the weekend, after western parts of the state received good falls of rain in the 24 hours to 9 am Thursday, with lighter showers continuing throughout the day.
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More than a month's rain and severe storms impact WA, more to come

12:22 AEST Thick cloud, rain, strong winds and severe thunderstorms have impacted parts of WA in the last 48 hours, which is set to continue for the next few days.  A low pressure system to the southwest of WA, another to the south and a northwest cloud band are responsible for the wild weather.  The satellite image below shows thick cloud streaming from the Indian Ocean down to southern WA and SA, with cloud spinning clockwise around a low pressure system to the southwest of WA, bringing with it rain and thunderstorms on Thursday morning.  Images: Himawari-9 satellite image for the three hours leading up to 9:20am AWST on Thursday, June 27.  This low and cloudband has been generating decent rainfall across parts of WA during the last few days.
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Wednesday June 26, 2024

Wintry blast on its way

13:54 AEST There are signs that an Antarctic airmass is on its way to southern Australia later this week, with the potential for fierce winds, snow and rain.  This comes after southern Australia has seen a sustained period of cold and windy weather this week, with a couple of centimetres of snow falling at the resorts on Wednesday morning.
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Melbourne State of Origin weather: breezy with slight chance of showers

09:13 AEST Game II of rugby league's 2024 State of Origin Series kicks off at 8:05 pm in Melbourne this evening, and if you're heading out to the MCG tonight, the weather forecast is for breezy but mostly dry skies.
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Tuesday June 25, 2024

US tornado produces some of the strongest winds ever observed on Earth

10:45 AEST A powerful tornado that tore through the town of Greenfield, Iowa last month produced some of the strongest winds ever observed on Earth, according to new data.
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Double or nothing

14:25 AEST Two low pressure systems spinning in the Tasman Sea have their arm-like fronts stretching across the Tasman, making it appear like they're giving one another a high-five.

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