Australia


Australia: Elevated fire potential in NSW this season

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This year's bushfire season has the potential to be worse than usual in parts of NSW.

A number of factors influence the potential for fires, including the amount, location and timing of rainfall leading up to the fire season, as well as temperature and rainfall outlooks for the months ahead.


Australia just had their hottest winter on record - BoM

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Winter in Australia this year was hot and dry with the average maximum temperature up nearly 2 degrees Celsius above the long-term trend.  The 2017 winter was the hottest since 1910 when national records began, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). 


Australia: Soggy start to spring in Perth

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It's a cool and showery start to spring in Australia's southwest today after Perth came close to its first wetter-than-average winter in 17 years.


Video: Air New Zealand's fast fly by way up high

WeatherWatch.co.nz was recently sent this video from Air New Zealand Captain Matthew Harrington, showing a view most passengers onboard usually only see from the side.


Qantas challenges Boeing and Airbus to cross aviation's 'last frontier'

Qantas has issued a challenge to the world's largest plane makers: Build us a jet that can fly from Sydney to London or New York -- without stopping.

The Australian airline wants a Boeing 777X or Airbus A350 that can undertake the epic routes from the eastern cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane by 2022.


Australia: Early bushfire season in parts of NSW

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The NSW Rural Fire Service announced this week that nine Local Government Areas will commence their bushfire season early this year, following a run of warm and dry weather during winter.


Australia: Has the 2017 snow season peaked?

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The current natural snow depth in the alps may be the best we see for the 2017 season.

Frequent snowfalls, two recent dumps and a surprising lack of warm rainy days have seen the natural snow depth in the alps climb fairly steadily during the past seven weeks.


Australia: Late winter rain not enough for dry Adelaide

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Adelaide is having a wet final month of winter after a near-record dry start to the season.

Frequent fronts and low pressure systems brought more than a month's worth of rain to Adelaide in the last three weeks, with another 12mm falling in the city during the last 24 hours.


Australia: Roofs removed as strongest wind in years lashes eastern NSW

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A wintry blast brought the strongest wind gusts in years and low level snow to parts of eastern and southeast Australia on Friday.


The weather pattern NZ has had since March will linger to December

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The latest climate forecast from Australia's public forecaster may not be the best news for those New Zealanders expecting a sudden dry change - but it may still work out to be friendly to some.